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.

Definitions of happy
  1. adjective
    marked by good fortune
    “a happy outcome”
    synonyms: felicitous
    fortunate
    having unexpected good fortune
  2. adjective
    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, giddy
    exultantly proud and joyful; in high spirits
    euphoric
    characterized by an 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
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    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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  3. adjective
    eagerly disposed to act or to be of service
    synonyms: glad
    willing
    disposed or inclined toward
  4. adjective
    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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