Happy is a pretty easy word, but we're here to help you better understand it...with EXAMPLES!
When learning new words, it's important to see how they're used, or to see them in the different contexts in which they're often used, and that's just what we'll do to help you better understand happy (and many other English words!). By seeing different ways you can use happy in a sentence, as well as synonyms and antonyms of happy, you will have a much better grasp on how it should be used, and you'll feel more confortable with using it much sooner.
Below you will find the definition of happy, followed by 34 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(adjective) - enjoying or showing or marked by joy or pleasure
EXAMPLES - Happy in a Sentence
- There is only so much the word happy can describe. (source)
- Telling us all to be "happy" is much more important. (source)
- A happy walk _there_ to you, and _a happy_ walk back. (source)
- With best wishes for you for a happy, _happy_ New Year, (source)
- But she and Bors are going to be what you call happy ever after! (source)
- She seemed so much better here and had a lot of what she called happy days. (source)
- Rami is using orange and pink polka dot organza, which he describes as "happy." (source)
- "I hate men who are what you call happy, but who are never in earnest," said Phineas. (source)
- Even the word "happy" is derived from the Icelandic word happ, meaning luck or chance. (source)
- MOOS: Liberals winced, but some on the right were doing what one called the happy dance. (source)
- "That's what I call a happy Christmas," said Harry, as the party finally parted for the night. (source)
- I am not sure that in her heart your wife is not happier than in what she calls her happy days. (source)
- And Gordana's dress -- which she calls "happy" again -- does in fact look like a pouty little nightgown. (source)
- I love to make people happy, and I think that giving away a box of yummy things will make someone *happy*. (source)
- Now, when you use the term happy holiday, or merry Christmas, to some people that's just a choice of words. (source)
- The female-focused version of the expression happy wife, happy life is sexually satisfied husband, happy life! (source)
- I. _Barzillai was evidently by nature a warm-hearted, sunshiny old man, himself happy and making others happy_. (source)
- A quick analysis: People tweeted the word "happy" most often around 7 a.m. or 8 a.m., and then its use tailed off. (source)
- THANKSS LOTSSSSS = D happy happy~ but somehow, somewhere, there's still something missing within me .... we need a miracle! (source)
- Click "submit query" and you should get a graph like this: Tweets of the word "happy" during the day, according to Timeu.se. (source)
- a great liberty boy, and so great a friend to our country, he will be quite happy that his wood, was so _happy_ for our use. ' (source)
- "Nature is good, but too much nature is killing," said Meeuws, standing in a steaming cubicle amid racks of what he called "happy plants." (source)
- I. i.76 (7,9) [But earthlier happy is the rose distill'd] Thus all the copies, yet _earthlier_ is so harsh a word, and _earthlier happy_ for (source)
- Well Tom in Toronto says I use the term happy holidays when I'm sure that I'm speaking with someone other than someone of the Christian faith. (source)
- I also drink what I call my happy tea every daygreen tea or yerba mat tea, sweetened with stevia, a natural sweetener I dont use any artificial sweeteners. (source)
- Now, he uses music -- he programs the iPods linked to his restaurants 'sound systems -- to create what he calls a happy, fun and somewhat unpredictable mood for diners. (source)
- When folks told me that I should aim to happy in life I told then I didn't want to be happy, 'happy' is too fleeting an emotion, I wanted to be content - that's a lifestyle. (source)
- He took my hand, -- Yes, Madam, to make _me_ happy, -- for ever happy, -- to make _Sir James_ and _Lady Powis happy_, you have only to determine not to quit your native country. (source)
- "Well -- well; let us hope that the time may not be very far distant when I may use the term happy, as applied to you in the most conclusive and the strongest manner it can be used." (source)
- I live, however, in the hopes of your visit next year with dear Aunt, and I cannot say how thankful and happy I am that we have had you here for six short, and to me _most bright happy_ days! (source)
- To give it up because they aren't "happy" is a serious neglect of God-given duty, and a careless regard for the happiness of others for whom they are entrusted the responsiblity of protecting. (source)
- Our fans could be counted on to buy somewhere between 300,000 and 400,000 copies of each of our records as they came out, which kept our label happy and maintained Fleetwood Mac as a viable opening act and occasional headliner during these trying times of trying to get back on our feet. (source)
- Chauum Fra*tkxand Efq. to John Desborough, Efq. jOU call me a happy, dtffir paced fellow: difllpated I cer T tainly am, but I fear I ner y$r fhall be happy* You will, pen - haps, be furprifed at my telling you that the women, the dear creatures who might make my life a life of joy, embar* (source)
- He had never seen what he called a happy marriage, though he had observed many which the world crowned with that adjective, and he had sworn a thousand oaths that he would never subject himself to that miserable awakening which inevitably follows the temporary sleep of mind and reason, and the short dream of passion which makes a man bind himself with shackles. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 34 example sentences provided below is 71.0, which suggests that "happy" is a fairly easy word that is likely to be understood by a majority of English-speaking individuals.
We have 48 synonyms for happy.
blessed, blest, blissful, blithe, can't complain, captivated, cheerful, chipper, chirpy, content, contented, convivial, delighted, ecstatic, elated, exultant, flying high, gay, glad, gleeful, gratified, intoxicated, jolly, joyful, joyous, jubilant, laughing, light, lively, looking good, merry, mirthful, on cloud nine, overjoyed, peaceful, peppy, perky, playful, pleasant, pleased, sparkling, sunny, thrilled, tickled, tickled pink, up, upbeat, walking on air
We have 22 antonyms for happy.
depressed, disappointed, discouraged, dissatisfied, disturbed, down, forsaken, grave, hopeless, melancholy, miserable, morose, pained, sad, serious, sorrowful, troubled, unfortunate, unfriendly, unhappy, unlucky, upset
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of happy from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (adjective) Characterized by good luck; fortunate.
- (adjective) Enjoying, showing, or marked by pleasure, satisfaction, or joy.
- (adjective) Being especially well-adapted; felicitous: a happy turn of phrase.
- (adjective) Cheerful; willing: happy to help.
- (adjective) Characterized by a spontaneous or obsessive inclination to use something. Often used in combination: trigger-happy.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (adjective) Experiencing the effect of favourable 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.
- (adjective) Favored by luck or fortune; lucky.
- (adjective) Dexterous; ready; apt; felicitous.
- (adjective) Content, satisfied (with or to do something); having no objection (to something).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (adjective) Favored by hap, luck, or fortune; lucky; fortunate; successful; prosperous; satisfying desire
- (adjective) 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.
- (adjective) Dexterous; ready; apt; felicitous.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (None) Manifesting or marked by good hap or fortune; lucky; fortuitously fortunate, favorable, or successful: as, a happy contingency or omen; a happy thought or discovery.
- (None) Conscious that one's general condition of feeling is a highly satisfactory one; conscious that one feels, in general, decidedly more pleasure than pain; having a general feeling of pleasure; satisfied; pleased.
- (None) Being in a favorable condition or in advantageous circumstances; fortunate; secure of good; blessed.
- (None) Affording pleasure or enjoyment; bringing or attended with good fortune, luck, or pleasure; agreeable: as, happy thoughts; a happy condition; happier times.
- (None) Indicative or expressive of happiness; joyful: as, the happy shouts of children; happy smiles or tears.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (adjective) enjoying or showing or marked by joy or pleasure
- (adjective) eagerly disposed to act or to be of service
- (adjective) marked by good fortune
- (adjective) well expressed and to the point