One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Luck; fortune.‘if you have the good hap to come into their houses’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- 1.1count noun A chance occurrence, especially an event that is considered unlucky.‘I entertained the Company with the many Haps and Disasters’
- ‘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.’
1Come about by chance.‘what can hap to him worthy to be deemed evil?’
occur, take place, come about, come off, come into beingView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- ‘It happed most often to Jennifer Grey for some reason.’
- ‘It happed to be that the ‘dove’ was actually a courier, warning him that the feast was to begin in less than an hour.’
- ‘The weirdest thing happed to me a few days ago.’
- ‘He said: ‘It was, without a doubt, the best thing that happed to the club.’’
- 1.1with infinitive Have the fortune or luck to do something.‘where'er I happ'd to roam’
Middle English: from Old Norse happ.
verb[with object]Scottish, Northern Irish
Cover or wrap with a blanket or warm clothes.‘Col rode on her back, happed up in a tartan plaid’‘my Mum happed me up’
- ‘Andrina, happed in a plaid dressing-gown, shuffled back into the room.’
- ‘Hap up well, young man, his teachers had always tellt him.’
- ‘I know the forecast is still looking pretty grim, but I am really looking forward to my final day of being happed up on the cathedral steps.’
- ‘He picked up Flossie and happed her in his coat.’
- ‘Partygoers have been warned only to leave the house well happed up and with an umbrella.’
Late Middle English: of uncertain origin; perhaps an alteration of lap.
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