Happy family
Happy Hap"py (h[a^]p"p[y^]), a. [Compar. {Happier} (-p[i^]*[~e]r); superl. {Happiest}.] [From {Hap} chance.] 1. Favored by hap, luck, or fortune; lucky; fortunate; successful; prosperous; satisfying desire; as, a happy expedient; a happy effort; a happy venture; a happy omen. [1913 Webster]

Chymists have been more happy in finding experiments than the causes of them. --Boyle. [1913 Webster]

2. Experiencing the effect of favorable fortune; having the feeling arising from the consciousness of well-being or of enjoyment; enjoying good of any kind, as peace, tranquillity, comfort; contented; joyous; as, happy hours, happy thoughts. [1913 Webster]

Happy is that people, whose God is the Lord. --Ps. cxliv. 15. [1913 Webster]

The learned is happy Nature to explore, The fool is happy that he knows no more. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

3. Dexterous; ready; apt; felicitous. [1913 Webster]

One gentleman is happy at a reply, another excels in a in a rejoinder. --Swift. [1913 Webster]

{Happy family}, a collection of animals of different and hostile propensities living peaceably together in one cage. Used ironically of conventional alliances of persons who are in fact mutually repugnant.

{Happy-go-lucky}, trusting to hap or luck; improvident; easy-going. ``Happy-go-lucky carelessness.'' --W. Black. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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