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UK [ˈhæpɪ] / US adjective
Word forms "happy":
adjective happy comparative happier superlative happiest
Get it right: happy:
Although the adjective happy ends in the letter "y", the related noun happiness is spelled with an "i" (not a "y"):
Wrong: Health, love, and happyness are what everyone looks for in their life.
Right: Health, love, and happiness are what everyone looks for in their life. For most other adjectives ending in "y", the same rule applies:
adjectiverelated noun
empty → emptiness lazy → laziness lonely → loneliness tidy → tidiness ugly → ugliness
Metaphor:
Feeling happy and hopeful is like being high up or like moving upwards. Feeling sad and unhappy is like being low down or like falling. The news lifted her spirits. Things are looking up. Cheer up! My spirits rose when I got her letter. I've been walking/floating on air ever since. I was over the moon when they told me. I felt as high as a kite. She's on top of the world/on cloud nine. I was in seventh heaven. I feel really down/low about it all. He's in very low spirits. He's in the depths of despair. My heart sank when I saw him. They looked very down in the mouth/down in the dumps. Happiness and hope are like bright light or bright colours. Sadness and lack of hope are like darkness or dark colours. The future looks very bright/rosy. She brightened up when she heard the news. His face lit up when he saw them. They had shining eyes and beaming/dazzling smiles. The bride looked radiant. You have to look for the light at the end of the tunnel. He was in a black mood. I was feeling blue. There's no point in having these dark thoughts. His face darkened. They led a grey empty existence. I'm afraid the outlook is very gloomy/bleak/dismal. The news cast a shadow over the evening.
1)
a) feeling pleased and satisfied

The children seem very happy at school.

Sarah felt happy for the first time in her life.

happy about:

Anna was excited and happy about the baby.

happy doing something:

So you're happy living in London?

make someone happy:

Money alone will never make you happy.

b) used about enjoyable times, events, experiences etc that make people feel happy

We wish him a very happy retirement.

a happy marriage/childhood/life

a happy ending:

I do like a film to have a happy ending!


Collocations:
Adverbs frequently used with happy
▪  blissfully, completely, deliriously, extremely, perfectly, really, truly, very
2) satisfied that something is good or right, and therefore not worried about it
happy with:

Are you happy with this arrangement?

happy about:

I'm not very happy about the children being out so late.

happy that:

Happy that everything had been finalized, we left.

happy to do something:

Her parents were happy to know she'd got a good job.

keep someone happy:

Rising profits is the only news that keeps the bosses happy.

reasonably/perfectly happy:

Most people were perfectly happy with the decision.

Happy Birthday/Christmas/Easter/Anniversary — used as a greeting on a particular occasion


English dictionary. 2014.

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