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



    BrE BrE//ʌnˈhæpi//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ʌnˈhæpi//
    (unhappier, unhappiest) more unhappy and most unhappy are also common Unhappiness
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  1. 1  not happy; sad to be/look/seem/sound unhappy an unhappy childhood I didn't realize but he was deeply unhappy at that time. See related entries: Unhappiness
  2. 2  unhappy (about/at/with something) not pleased or satisfied with something They were unhappy with their accommodation. He was unhappy at being left out of the team. Many people are deeply unhappy about the way the government has handled this matter.
  3. 3(formal) unfortunate or not suitable an unhappy coincidence It was an unhappy choice of words.
  4. Word Familyhappy adjective (unhappy)happily adverb (unhappily)happiness noun (unhappiness)Extra examples He sounded a bit unhappy about the extra work he had to do. He was equally unhappy with the alternative. It makes me very unhappy to see you so miserable. She grew more unhappy as the years went by. She is deeply unhappy. She was very unhappy at the idea of staying in London. They were terribly unhappy with the arrangements. We felt entirely unhappy with the whole situation. He had an unhappy childhood. She sounded so unhappy when I left her. You should offer unhappy customers a proper complaints system.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: unhappy