happy

Happy is a feeling of joy, pleasure, or good fortune — exactly how you'd feel if you learned that you won the lottery or got accepted into your number one choice of colleges.

Happy hails from the Middle English word hap, meaning "good luck." Many of the early European words for happy actually referred to good luck, rather than a feeling of joy. On its own, happy means an enjoyable or satisfied state of being. When hyphenated, it can refer to an overwhelming inclination to do something. Someone who is trigger-happy, for example, has an overwhelming urge to shoot things, while a clothes-happy person is obsessed with taking trips to the mall.

Primary Meanings of happy

1.
adj
marked by good fortune
2.
adj
well expressed and to the point
Full Definitions of happy
1

adj marked by good fortune

“a happy outcome”
Synonyms:
felicitous
fortunate
having unexpected good fortune

adj enjoying or showing or marked by joy or pleasure

“a happy smile”
“spent many happy days on the beach”
“a happy marriage”
Synonyms:
cheerful
being full of or promoting cheer; having or showing good spirits
content, contented
satisfied or showing satisfaction with things as they are
elated
exultantly proud and joyful; in high spirits
euphoric
exaggerated feeling of well-being or elation
felicitous
exhibiting an agreeably appropriate manner or style
blessed
characterized by happiness and good fortune
blissful
completely happy and contented
bright
characterized by happiness or gladness
golden, halcyon, prosperous
marked by peace and prosperity
laughing, riant
showing or feeling mirth or pleasure or happiness
glad
showing or causing joy and pleasure; especially made happy
joyful
full of or producing joy
joyous
full of or characterized by joy
Antonyms:
unhappy
experiencing or marked by or causing sadness or sorrow or discontent
cheerless, depressing, uncheerful
causing sad feelings of gloom and inadequacy
discontent, discontented
showing or experiencing dissatisfaction or restless longing
dejected
affected or marked by low spirits
distressed, dysphoric, unhappy
generalized feeling of distress
infelicitous
not appropriate in application; defective
lovesick
languishing because of love
miserable, suffering, wretched
very unhappy; full of misery
sad
experiencing or showing sorrow or unhappiness
sorrowful
experiencing or marked by or expressing sorrow especially that associated with irreparable loss
joyless
not experiencing or inspiring joy
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adj eagerly disposed to act or to be of service

Synonyms:
glad
willing
disposed or inclined toward
2

adj well expressed and to the point

“a happy turn of phrase”
Synonyms:
well-chosen
felicitous
exhibiting an agreeably appropriate manner or style

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