Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.


She left me more composed and happy than I have been for many days.

When they do not disturb him with earthly medicines, he is quiet and happy.

For his sake, I am glad once more to be in my own happy home.

She had rejoiced for his happy spirit, and now she mourned her own widowed lot.

In these solitary tours he was busy and happy, working and playing.

His own situation was described as happy as it could be in a foreign land.

It is a happy man who has divined the leisure of eternity, so he feels it, like what you say, 'in his bones.'

Sir, I did not know fully—but indeed I should never have been so happy as I am now.

They were as yet quite ignorant but thanks to a happy Fate they were curious.

Shall be happy to facilitate any despatch you may wish forwarded to your Government.


late 14c., "lucky, favored by fortune, prosperous;" of events, "turning out well," from hap (n.) "chance, fortune" + -y (2). Sense of "very glad" first recorded late 14c. Ousted Old English eadig (from ead "wealth, riches") and gesælig, which has become silly. Meaning "greatly pleased and content" is from 1520s. Old English bliðe "happy" survives as blithe. From Greek to Irish, a great majority of the European words for "happy" at first meant "lucky." An exception is Welsh, where the word used first meant "wise."

Used in World War II and after as a suffix (e.g. bomb-happy, flak-happy) expressing "dazed or frazzled from stress." Happy medium is from 1778. Happy ending in the literary sense recorded from 1756. Happy as a clam (1630s) was originally happy as a clam in the mud at high tide, when it can't be dug up and eaten. Happy hunting ground, the reputed Indian paradise, is attested from 1840, American English. Related: Happier; happiest.


Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.