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adj. -pi•er, -pi•est.
glad happy cheerful
If you are glad about something, you are pleased about it.
You can also say that you are happy about something when you are pleased about it.
If someone is contented and enjoys life, you say that they are happy.
Don't use 'glad' with this meaning, and don't use 'glad' in front of a noun. Don't say, for example, 'She always seemed such a glad woman'.
If someone shows that they are happy by smiling and laughing a lot, you say that they are cheerful.
There are a number of adjectives which are used to indicate how happy or sad someone is. The adjectives in the following list are arranged from 'most happy' to 'least happy':
- ecstatic, elated, euphoricHis wife gave birth to their first child, and he was ecstatic about it.'That was one of the best races of my life,' said an elated Hakkinen.It had received euphoric support from the public.
- joyful, radiant, jubilantA wedding is a joyful celebration of love.On her wedding day the bride looked truly radiant.Hogg was jubilant after winning the men's doubles for the 10th time.
- happy, cheerful, jollyMarina was a confident, happy child.They are both very cheerful in spite of their colds.She was a jolly, kindhearted woman.
- light-heartedThey were light-hearted and prepared to enjoy life.
- contented, fulfilledShe was gazing at him with a soft, contented smile on her face.I feel more fulfilled doing this than I've ever done.
- dissatisfied, moody, discontented82% of voters are dissatisfied with the way their country is being governed.David's mother was unstable and moody.The government tried to appease discontented workers.
- sad, unhappy, depressed, gloomy, glum, dejected, despondent, dispiritedI'd grown fond of our little house and felt sad to leave it.Her marriage is in trouble and she is desperately unhappy.She's been very depressed and upset about this whole situation.Do you tend to be over-serious or gloomy?She was very glum and was obviously missing her children.Everyone has days when they feel dejected or down.I feel despondent when my work is rejected.I left eventually at six o'clock feeling utterly dispirited and depressed.
- miserable, wretchedI took a series of badly paid secretarial jobs which made me really miserable.I feel really confused and wretched.
You say that someone is lucky when something nice happens to them, or when they always seem to have good luck.
Don't use 'lucky' to say that someone has feelings of pleasure and contentment. The word you use is happy.
|Adj.||1.||happy - enjoying or showing or marked by joy or pleasure; "a happy smile"; "spent many happy days on the beach"; "a happy marriage"|
cheerful - being full of or promoting cheer; having or showing good spirits; "her cheerful nature"; "a cheerful greeting"; "a cheerful room"; "as cheerful as anyone confined to a hospital bed could be"
elated - exultantly proud and joyful; in high spirits; "the elated winner"; "felt elated and excited"
euphoric - exaggerated feeling of well-being or elation
felicitous - exhibiting an agreeably appropriate manner or style; "a felicitous speaker"
glad - showing or causing joy and pleasure; especially made happy; "glad you are here"; "glad that they succeeded"; "gave a glad shout"; "a glad smile"; "heard the glad news"; "a glad occasion"
joyful - full of or producing joy; "make a joyful noise"; "a joyful occasion"
joyous - full of or characterized by joy; "felt a joyous abandon"; "joyous laughter"
unhappy - experiencing or marked by or causing sadness or sorrow or discontent; "unhappy over her departure"; "unhappy with her raise"; "after the argument they lapsed into an unhappy silence"; "had an unhappy time at school"; "the unhappy (or sad) news"; "he looks so sad"
|2.||happy - marked by good fortune; "a felicitous life"; "a happy outcome"|
fortunate - having unexpected good fortune; "other, less fortunate, children died"; "a fortunate choice"
|3.||happy - eagerly disposed to act or to be of service; "glad to help"|
willing - disposed or inclined toward; "a willing participant"; "willing helpers"
|4.||happy - well expressed and to the point; "a happy turn of phrase"; "a few well-chosen words"|
felicitous - exhibiting an agreeably appropriate manner or style; "a felicitous speaker"
joyful low, sad, depressed, sorry, unhappy, miserable, gloomy, discontented, melancholy, sombre, forlorn, displeased, mournful, despondent, sorrowful, joyless, down in the dumps (informal)
willing unwilling, loath
fortunate unhappy, unfortunate, unlucky, inapt
"Happy the man, and happy he alone"
"He who can call today his own;"
"He who, secure within, can say,"
"Tomorrow, do thy worst, for I have lived today" [John Dryden Imitation of Horace]
"The happy man is not he who seems thus to others, but who seems thus to himself" [Publilius Syrus Moral Sayings]
"Call no man happy till he dies, he is at best but fortunate" [Solon]
"Happy men are grave. They carry their happiness cautiously, as they would a glass filled to the brim which the slightest movement could cause to spill over, or break" [Jules Barbey D'Aurevilly Les Diaboliques]
we've been very happy here → aquí hemos sido muy felices
I don't think they're very happy together → no creo que sean muy felices juntos
to make sb happy → hacer feliz a algn
you've just made me a very happy man! → ¡me acabas de hacer el hombre más feliz del mundo!
to be as happy as Larry or a lark or a sandboy → estar como unas pascuas
she has always been a happy little girl → siempre ha sido una niña muy alegre
he has a happy temperament → tiene un temperamento alegre
the boss is waiting for you and he isn't very happy → te está esperando el jefe y no parece muy contento
to be happy to do sth: I'm just happy to be back running → sólo estoy contento de poder volver a correr
I am happy to tell you that → tengo mucho gusto en comunicarle que ...
we'll be happy to help → estaremos encantados de ayudar
I'd be happy to check it for you → no me importa nada comprobártelo, con mucho gusto se lo comprobaré (more frm)
yes, I'd be happy to → sí, con mucho gusto
he seems quite happy to let things go on as they are → parece no importarle dejar que las cosas sigan como están
we are not happy about the plan → no estamos contentos con el proyecto
we're very happy for you → nos alegramos mucho por ti
to keep sb happy → tener a algn contento
she wasn't happy with his work → no estaba contenta con su trabajo
don't worry about keeping him waiting, he seems quite happy → no te preocupes por hacerle esperar, él parece muy tranquilo
I'm quite happy to wait → no me importa esperar
it was the happiest day of my life → fue el día más feliz de mi vida
they were having such a happy time splashing around → se lo estaban pasando tan bien chapoteando en el agua
we spent many happy hours playing on the beach → pasamos muchas horas maravillosas jugando en la playa
happy birthday! → ¡feliz cumpleaños!
happy Christmas! → ¡feliz Navidad!, ¡felices Navidades!
a happy ending → un final feliz
a happy event → un feliz acontecimiento
happy New Year! → ¡feliz Año Nuevo!
see also return A1
a happy medium → un término medio
to strike a happy medium → encontrar un término medio
see also hunting
Janet looks happy → Janet a l'air heureuse.
It was the happiest day of my life → C'était le plus beau jour de ma vie.
to put on a happy face → faire bonne figure
happy Christmas! → joyeux Noël!
happy New Year! → bonne année!
to keep sb happy → contenter qn
to be happy with sth [+ arrangements, work] → être satisfait(e) de qch
I'm very happy with your work → Je suis très satisfait de ton travail.
to be happy for sb (= delighted) → être content(e) pour qn
to be happy about doing sth → être content(e) de faire qch
to be happy to hear that ... → être heureux/euse d'apprendre que ...
I was happy to hear that you passed your exams → J'ai été heureux d'apprendre que tu as réussi tes examens.
to be happy to do sth → bien vouloir faire qch
to be happy for sb to do sth → être d'accord pour que qn fasse qch
the happy couple → les jeunes mariés mplhappy event n (= birth) the happy event → l'heureux événement mhappy-go-lucky [ˌhæpigəʊˈlʌki] adj → insouciant(e)happy hour n → happy hour f dans un bar, heure pendant laquelle les consommations sont à prix réduithappy medium n → juste milieu m
happy[ˈhæpɪ] adj (-ier (comp) (-iest (superl)))
happy with (arrangements) → soddisfatto/a di
we are not entirely happy about the plan → non siamo del tutto contenti del progetto
we're very happy for you → ci rallegriamo per te, siamo molto felici per te
yes, I'd be happy to → (certo,) con piacere, (ben) volentieri
I am happy to tell you that ... → sono felice or ho il piacere di informarti che...
a happy ending → un lieto fine
to be as happy as a lark → essere felice or contento/a come una pasqua
happy birthday! → buon compleanno!
happy Christmas/New Year! → buon Natale/anno!