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Definition of the adjective unhappy

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Unhappy is one of the top 1000 most common adjectives in the English language.

adjective - degrees: more unhappy / unhappier | most unhappy / unhappiest

  1. experiencing or marked by or causing sadness or sorrow or discontent
  2. generalized feeling of distress
  3. causing discomfort
  4. marked by or producing unhappiness
    • example: unhappy caravans, straggling afoot through swamps and canebrakes
    • synonym of unhappy: infelicitous
    • similar: unfortunate

Alternative definition of the adjective unhappy


  1. Not happy; sad.
  2. Not satisfied; unsatisfied.
  3. Not lucky; unlucky.
  4. Not suitable; unsuitable.


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Google previewA Dictionary of the Otchipwe Language (1878)

Explained in English by Frederic Baraga

Unhappy. Unglue; it unglues, pakwaxika, pakwatchikiipayishkamayad. Unhappiness, kitimâyixiwin, ко - ...

Google previewA Handy Dictionary of Anglo-Saxon Poetry Based on Groschopp's Grein (1886)

by Christian Wilhelm Michael Grein

poor, miserable, wretched, unhappy. (Ger. arm.) earm-beag, st. m. arm -ring,bracelet. earm-cearig, adj. miserable, full of sorrows. earme, adj. miserably, badly. earm-hread, st. f. arm-ornament. earming, st. m. miserable, unhappy ...

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Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. (Leo Tolstoy)
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Scrabble value of U1N1H4A1P3P3Y4

The value of this 7-letter word is 17 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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