Definition of happy adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈhæpi//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhæpi//
    (happier, happiest) Happiness
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    feeling/giving pleasure
  1. 1  feeling or showing pleasure; pleased a happy smile/face You don't look very happy today. happy to do something We are happy to announce the engagement of our daughter. happy for somebody I'm very happy for you. happy (that)… I’m happy (that) you could come. Synonymsgladhappy pleased delighted proud relieved thrilledThese words all describe people feeling happy about something that has happened or is going to happen.glad [not usually before noun] happy about something or grateful for it:He was glad he’d come. She was glad when the meeting was over.happy pleased about something nice that you have to do or something that has happened to somebody:We are happy to announce the engagement of our daughter.pleased [not before noun] happy about something that has happened or something that you have to do:She was very pleased with her exam results. You’re coming? I’m so pleased.glad, happy or pleased?Feeling pleased can suggest that you have judged somebody/​something and approve of them. Feeling glad can be more about feeling grateful for something. You cannot be ‘glad with somebody’:The boss should be glad with you. Happy can mean glad, pleased or satisfied.delighted very pleased about something; very happy to do something; showing your delight:I’m delighted at your news. Delighted is often used to accept an invitation:‘Can you stay for dinner?’ ‘I’d be delighted (to).’proud pleased and satisfied about something that you own or have done, or are connected with:proud parents He was proud of himself for not giving up.relieved feeling happy because something unpleasant has stopped or has not happened; showing this:You’ll be relieved to know your jobs are safe.thrilled [not before noun] (rather informal) extremely pleased and excited about something:I was thrilled to be invited.delighted or thrilled? Thrilled may express a stronger feeling than delighted, but delighted can be made stronger with absolutely, more than or only too. Thrilled can be made negative and ironic with not exactly or less than:She was not exactly thrilled at the prospect of looking after her niece.Patterns glad/​happy/​pleased/​delighted/​relieved/​thrilled about something pleased/​delighted/​relieved/​thrilled at something glad/​happy/​pleased/​delighted/​thrilled for somebody glad/​happy/​pleased/​delighted/​proud/​relieved/​thrilled that…/to see/​hear/​find/​know… very glad/​happy/​pleased/​proud/​relieved absolutely delighted/​thrilled See related entries: Happiness
  2. 2  giving or causing pleasure a happy marriage/memory/childhood The story has a happy ending. Those were the happiest days of my life.
  3. at celebration
  4. 3  if you wish somebody a Happy Birthday, Happy New Year, etc. you mean that you hope they have a pleasant celebration
  5. satisfied
  6. 4  satisfied that something is good or right; not anxious happy (with somebody/something) Are you happy with that arrangement? I'm not happy with his work this term. She was happy enough with her performance. happy (about somebody/something) If there's anything you're not happy about, come and ask. I'm not too happy about her living alone. I said I'd go just to keep him happy. Synonymshappysatisfied content contented joyful blissfulThese words all describe feeling, showing or giving pleasure or satisfaction.happy feeling, showing or giving pleasure; satisfied with something or not worried about it:a happy marriage/​memory/​childhood I said I’d go, just to keep him happy.satisfied pleased because you have achieved something or because something has happened as you wanted it to; showing this satisfaction:She’s never satisfied with what she’s got. a satisfied smilecontent [not before noun] happy and satisfied with what you have:I’m perfectly content just to lie in the sun.contented happy and comfortable with what you have; showing this:a contented baby a long contented sighcontent or contented?Being contented depends more on having a comfortable life; being content can depend more on your attitude to your life: you can have to be content or learn to be content. People or animals can be contented but only people can be content.joyful (rather formal) very happy; making people very happyblissful making people very happy; showing this happiness:three blissful weeks away joyful or blissful? Joy is a livelier feeling; bliss is more peaceful.Patterns happy/​satisfied/​content/​contented with something a happy/​satisfied/​contented/​blissful smile a happy/​joyful occasion/​celebration to feel happy/​satisfied/​content/​contented/​joyful very/​perfectly/​quite happy/​satisfied/​content/​contented
  7. willing
  8. 5  happy to do something (formal) willing or pleased to do something I'm happy to leave it till tomorrow. He will be more than happy to come with us. See related entries: Happiness
  9. lucky
  10. 6lucky; successful synonym fortunate By a happy coincidence, we arrived at exactly the same time. He is in the happy position of never having to worry about money.
  11. suitable
  12. 7(formal) (of words, ideas or behaviour) suitable and appropriate for a particular situation That wasn't the happiest choice of words.
  13. Word OriginMiddle English (in the sense ‘lucky’): from the noun hap ‘good fortune’ + -y.Word Familyhappy adjective (unhappy)happily adverb (unhappily)happiness noun (unhappiness)Extra examples Dad seemed perfectly happy with my explanation. For the first time in her life, she felt truly happy. He went home from time to time, to keep his mother happy. Her boss was not entirely happy about the situation. I can die happy knowing that I have achieved this. I was quite happy with the way things went. I’m just happy to be back home. I’m not too happy about her attitude. It had been a gloriously happy time. Money won’t make you happy. Outwardly the couple appeared happy. So you’re getting married, I hear. I’m really happy for you! We’d be only too happy to accept your invitation. By a happy chance, I got a hotel room just five minutes from the university. By a happy coincidence, John was in London at that time too. Happy birthday! He is now in the happy position of never having to worry about money. I looked around at all the happy faces. I picked the restaurant pretty much at random, but it proved a happy choice all round. I said I’d go, just to keep him happy. If there’s anything you’re not happy about, come and ask. The story has a happy ending. a happy marriage/​memory/​childhoodIdioms the birth of a baby (approving) a course of action that is not extreme something that is in the middle between two choices or two ways of doing something She tried to strike a happy medium between making the questions too hard and making them too easy.
    many happy returns (of the day)
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    used to wish somebody a happy and pleasant birthday
    not a happy bunny (British English) (North American English not a happy camper)
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    (informal) not pleased about a situation She wasn't a happy bunny at all.
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