adjective (happier; -est) Etymology: Middle English, from hap Date: 14th century 1. favored by luck or fortune ; fortunate <
a happy coincidence
2. notably fitting, effective, or well adapted ; felicitous <
a happy choice
3. a. enjoying or characterized by well-being and contentment <
is the happiest person I know
a happy childhood
b. expressing, reflecting, or suggestive of happiness <
a happy ending
c. glad, pleased <
I'm happy to meet you
d. having or marked by an atmosphere of good fellowship ; friendly <
a happy office
4. a. characterized by a dazed irresponsible state <
a punch-happy boxer
b. impulsively or obsessively quick to use or do something <
c. enthusiastic about something to the point of obsession ; obsessed <
education-conscious and statistic-happy — Helen Rowen
Synonyms: see lucky, fit

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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