unhappy

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un- +‎ happy

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unhappy ‎(comparative unhappier, superlative unhappiest)

  1. Not happy; sad.
    • John Gay, The Beggar's Opera
      A moment of time may make us unhappy forever.
  2. Not satisfied; unsatisfied.
    An unhappy customer is unlikely to return to your shop.
  3. Not lucky; unlucky.
    The doomed lovers must have been born under an unhappy star.
  4. Not suitable; unsuitable.
    • John Foxe
      The people, if they are not strangely bent
      Against our welfare, never will consent
      To this unhappy match, foreboding ill:
      What's it to us, if th' adverse nation will?

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Noun[edit]

unhappy ‎(plural unhappies)

  1. An individual who is not happy.
    • 1972, The New Yorker (volume 48, part 1, page 109)
      Leduc, as is true of many other unhappies, is largely a confessional writer: her subject is herself, and her gift is a driving, vivacious power that turns her incurable, inveterate unhappiness into a series of dramas []