happy Definition

  • 1feeling or showing pleasure or contentment
  • 2fortunate and convenient

Using happy: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "happy" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I'm so happy to see you!

  • Example

    She was happy with her new job.

  • Example

    He's a happy man.

  • Example

    It was a happy coincidence that we met again.

happy Synonyms and Antonyms

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Idioms Using happy

  • very happy and content


    After winning the lottery, she was as happy as a clam.

  • happy as Larry

    very happy and content


    He was happy as Larry after getting his dream job.

  • to pretend to be happy or cheerful despite feeling sad or upset


    Even though she was going through a tough time, she put on a happy face for her friends.

Phrases with happy

  • happy-go-lucky

    carefree and unconcerned about the future


    She has a happy-go-lucky attitude towards life.

  • a person who is content with their situation


    After getting a promotion, he's been a happy camper at work.

  • to bring joy or pleasure to someone


    The surprise party made her very happy.

Origins of happy

from Middle English 'hap', meaning 'chance, fortune'


Summary: happy in Brief

The term 'happy' [ˈhæpi] describes a feeling of pleasure or contentment, as well as a fortunate or convenient situation. It can be used to express joy in various contexts, such as 'I'm so happy to see you!' or 'She was happy with her new job.' The phrase 'happy-go-lucky' denotes a carefree attitude, while idioms like 'as happy as a clam' and 'happy as Larry' indicate extreme happiness.

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