Definition of happy in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈhapi

adjective (happier, happiest)

  • 3 [in combination] informal Inclined to use a specified thing excessively or at random: they tended to be grenade-happy


(as) happy as a sandboy (or British Larry or North American a clam or • vulgar slang a pig in shit)

Extremely happy.
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  • I've always said if I could get the child of an alcoholic to work for me as an employee, I'm happy as a clam because you're going to get a devoted and hardworking person.
  • Tonight I wanted to write about the mom from preschool who gave birth and then just bounced right back into life and seems happy as a clam.
  • Now, nearly ten months after I received my acceptance, I am happy as a clam.

happy hunting ground

A place where success or enjoyment is obtained: this should prove a happy hunting ground for those in search of a bargain
[originally referring to the optimistic hope of American Indians for good hunting grounds in the afterlife]
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  • Thirsk proved a happy hunting ground for City of York VI as they beat the home side's second string 4-1.
  • South Yorkshire proved to be a happy hunting ground for Heworth's Neil Smith as he landed one of the county's major prizes.
  • Mrs. Gay Cross made the presentation to winner owner Pat Daly who must have been delighted that he made the long journey from Cork to Newbridge which is proving such a happy hunting ground for him.


Middle English (in the sense 'lucky'): from the noun hap + -y1.

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