Online Etymology Dictionary

Online Etymology Dictionary: “happy
mid-14c., ‘lucky,’ from hap ‘chance, fortune;’ sense of ‘very glad’ first recorded late 14c. Ousted O.E. eadig (from ead ‘wealth, riches’) and ges�lig, which has become silly. O.E. bli�e ‘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 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. Related: Happier; happiest.”


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