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happen +‎ -er.


happener (plural happeners)

  1. (dated, 1960s-1970s) One who participates in a happening.
  2. A person who makes things happen.
    • 1998, Russell Hoban, Riddley Walker[1], page 118:
      Goodparley says, 'O no and in deed he aint hes bettern clevver hes a mover hes a happener. [] '
    • 1998 November 2, “hate crimes”, in soc.singles.moderated, Usenet[2]:
      How does (to take an extreme example) me saying to myself that somebody deserves what happens give any support to the happener?
    • 2009, Jan Doke, Broken Jar[3], page 167:
      Just as we who believe in God know that there can be no creation without a Creator, we also know that whenever something happens, there is always a happener.
  3. A person to whom things happen.
    • 1984, Rex Burns, Strip Search: A Gabe Wager Mystery[4], page 23:
      "No way! He's not one of these people that do things. There's two kinds of people—the doers and the happeners. He's a happener. You know, things happen to him instead."
  4. (often used in the negative) An event that is expected to happen; a plan that is likely to succeed.
    • 1999 November 21, “AGP Zero Tolerance Policy?”, in alt.gothic.pretentions, Usenet[5]:
      The planned access via Netizen appears not to be a happener.
    • 2000 November 1, “Lord save me ...”, in alt.gothic.pretentions, Usenet[6]:
      It's a happener. All systems are go.
    • 2003 November 23, “Photo id for flying between the UK and Ireland”, in soc.culture.irish, Usenet[7]:
      You should be able to get your passport renewed at the embassy in London. If that's not a happener, try to get a temporary passport.

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