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Happy, adj. 1) fortunate, lucky: “h. return be to your royal grace,” Meas. V, 3. disgraced me in my h. “victories,” H4A IV, 3, 97. “h. always was it for that son whose father for his hoarding went to hell,” H6C II, 2, 47. “pride, which out of daily fortune ever taints the h. man,” Cor. IV, 7, 39. “not so h., yet much --er,” Mcb. I, 3, 66 (i. e. not so fortunate, but much more blessed). “a proclaimed prize! most h.!” Lr. IV, 6, 230.
2) in a state of felicity, contented and satisfied: Lucr. 16. Sonn. 6, 8. 32, 8. 92, 11. 92, 11 Gent. III, 1, 57. V, 4, 30. V, 4, 30 V, 4, 30 Wiv. II, 1, 110. Meas. III, 1, 21. V, 404. Err. I, 1, 38. Err. I, 1, 38 Ado I, 1, 112. II, 3, 237. Mids. I, 1, 20. Merch. III, 2, 162. Merch. III, 2, 162 Merch. III, 2, 162 As V, 2, 51. All's II, 1, 185. Wint. IV, 2, 34. IV, 4, 635. R2 V, 3, 94. H6A V, 3, 148. R3 II, 1, 31. Cymb. I, 6, 6 etc. be h. == God bless you: Ado I, 1, 112. Wint. IV, 4, 635. “h. man be his dole:” Wiv. III, 4, 68. Shr. I, 1, 144. Wint. I, 2, 163. H4A II, 2, 80 (cf. Dole). h. in == a) fully contented, blessed by: “am I h. in thy news?” R3 IV, 3, 24. “may you be h. in your wish,” H8 III, 2, 43. “you are h. in this second match,” Rom. III, 5, 224. b) possessed of, endowed with: “have you the tongues? My youthful travel therein made me h.” Gent. IV, 1, 34. “tell him wherein you're h., which you'll make him know, if that his head have ear in music,” Cymb. III, 4, 177.
3) making happy, propitious, favourable: “I will be thankful to any h. messenger from thence,” Gent. II, 4, 53 (who brings good news). “O h. torment,” Merch. III, 2, 37. “what his --er affairs may be, are to me unknown,” Wint. IV, 2, 34. “ports and h. havens,” R2 I, 3, 276. “this is the h. wedding-torch,” H6A III, 2, 26. the first and --est hearers of the town (the best disposed I could find) H6A III, 2, 26. “a h. star,” Tit. IV, 2, 32. “O h. dagger,” Rom. V, 3, 168. “I escaped by the h. hollow of a tree,” Lr. II, 3, 2. “a h. evening!” Gent. V, 1, 7. “h. day, my lord!” Per. II, 4, 22. “you have stayed me in a h. hour,” Ado IV, 1, 285 (== in time). H6C 1, 2, 1, 2 “omit no h. hour,” H5 I, 2, 300. “in very h. season,” H4B IV, 2, 79 (just in time). in h. time, in the same sense: Shr. Ind. 1, 90. All's V, 1, 6. Caes. II, 2, 60. Hml. V, 2, 214. Oth. III, 1, 32. “madam, in h. time, what day is that?” Rom. III, 5, 112 (== à propos, pray tell me).
4) well devised, fit, pleasant:*“some h. mean to end a hapless life,” Lucr. 1045. “they did not bless us with one h. word,” LLL V, 2, 370. “I'll gild it with the --est terms I have,” H4A V, 4, 162. “Saint Denis bless this h. stratagem,” H6A III, 2, 18. “the --est gift that ever marquess gave,” H6B I, 1, 15. “it stains the glory in that h. verse which aptly sings the good,” Tim. I, 1, 16.
Compar. --er adverbially: “happily met, the --er for thy son,” Shr. IV, 5, 59.
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