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Definition of hap in English:


[mass noun]
1Luck; fortune: if you have the good hap to come into their houses
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  • And yes, we got ourselves kidnapped by a bunch of off-duty and retired soldiers who were enjoying a Friday beating up hapless journalists (and boy, were we showing no hap at all) far too much.
  • Notice that in this case we will have a violation of the doctrine of determinism, and indeed determinism might be expressed simply as the thesis that nothing ever occurs by mere hap.
  • When an event occurs by mere hap, there is an element of randomness in its coming about; it might not have occurred, even if all of the conditions relevant to its production had been the same.
1.1 [count noun] A chance occurrence, especially an event that is considered unlucky: I entertained the Company with the many Haps and Disasters
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  • Happen gives us take place, arrive, come, recur; hap generates chance, accident, hazard, event.
  • Whether he makes a lame attempt for a steal or a weak effort at a double-team hap, the result is usually an easy basket for an opponent.

verb (haps, happing, happed)

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1Come about by chance: what can hap to him worthy to be deemed evil?
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  • He said: ‘It was, without a doubt, the best thing that happed to the club.’
  • The weirdest thing happed to me a few days ago.
  • In the case of the policeman who is suing for being put back on the beat, he described an incident where he happed upon the scene of a road accident and was too scared to go and help.
1.1 [with infinitive] Have the fortune or luck to do something: where’er I happ’d to roam


Middle English: from Old Norse happ.

Words that rhyme with hap

bap, cap, chap, clap, dap, entrap, enwrap, flap, frap, gap, giftwrap, knap, lap, Lapp, map, nap, nappe, pap, rap, sap, schappe, scrap, slap, snap, strap, tap, trap, wrap, yap, zap
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