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Usage statistics for the adjective happy:

spoken English60.32%written English39.68%
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Fun fact! In English, the word "happy" is used three times more often than "sad".

The word happy is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the adjective happy

What does happy mean as an attribute of a noun?

Happy is one of the top 50 most common adjectives in the English language.View more statistics!

adjective - degrees: more happy / happier | most happy / happiest

  1. enjoying or showing or marked by joy or pleasure
  2. marked by good fortune
  3. eagerly disposed to act or to be of service
  4. well expressed and to the point


  1. Happy a.k.a. Happy Hairston: Harold "Happy" Hairston was an American professional basketball player. He played for the Los Angeles Lakers of the NBA. He was a member of the 1971–72 NBA championship Lakers, a team that won 33 games in a row, a record not duplicated in any other American professional sport. Hairston was a 6'7" 225 lb forward. He was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
  2. Happy a.k.a. Eric Colton is an actor.
  3. Happy is an actor.
  4. Happy a.k.a. Kenneth Coblentz is a camera operator and actor.

There are other people with in their name, like Don Happy, Happy Cly, Happy-Tom, Happy Feet, Happy Hall, Happy Iott, Happy Jack, Love Happy, Ryan Happy, Slap Happy and many others.

Phrases with Happy

Phrases starting with the word Happy:

  1. happy hour
  2. Happy Pill
  3. Happy Slap
  4. Happy Wren
  5. Happy Bunny
  6. Happy Dance
  7. happy event
  8. Happy Camper
  9. happy chance
  10. Happy Easter
  11. Happy ending
  12. Happy Medium
  13. Happy-clappy
  14. Happy Ramadan
  15. Happy Slapper
  16. Happy As Larry
  17. Happy Birthday
  18. Happy Families

Phrases ending with the word Happy:

  1. make happy
  2. trigger-happy

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Printed books with definitions for Happy

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Google previewLearning the Art of Happiness: Learn to Get Happy (2015)

by Cathy Wilson

*Blunder Three – Being happy means always happy. The Truth: It's not human to be smiling ear to ear 24/7. Experiencing...

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Usage statistics about happy

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the adjective happy:

spoken English60.32%written English39.68% conversational speech43.41%task-oriented speech56.59% imaginative writing68.47%informational writing31.53%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the adjective happy:


Comparison of usage frequency between the adjective happy and its most common antonym:


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Small photo of Portrait of a young happy woman jumping on bed at homeSmall photo of Happy and happy mother embracing her daughter on the street with a background of cheerful and colorful nature own spring-summer.Small photo of Happy business people celebrating success at companySmall photo of Happy new year 2018 written with Sparkle fireworkSmall photo of Young happy worker having break and resting after solving taskSmall photo of Happy Thanksgiving text with pumpkins and leaves over dark wood backgroundSmall photo of Happy dog is a happy dog smiling looking funny and excited with his mouth open looking right at you. More...

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View more videos about Be Happy, Happy Feet, Happy House, Happy Easter, Happy ending, Feeling Happy, Happy Birthday, Happy Families, and Happy New Year.

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Quotes about Happy


Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday dear Maddy
Happy birthday to you

Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday dear Maddy
What happened to you?

James Hart (James Hart)
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Scrabble value of H4A1P3P3Y4

The value of this 5-letter word is 15 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

Anagrams of HAPPY

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