Main definitions of hap in English

: hap1hap2

hap1

noun

archaic
  • 1[mass noun] Luck; fortune:

    ‘if you have the good hap to come into their houses’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1[count noun] A chance occurrence, especially an event that is considered unlucky:
      ‘I entertained the Company with the many Haps and Disasters’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Happen gives us take place, arrive, come, recur; hap generates chance, accident, hazard, event.’

verb

[NO OBJECT]archaic
  • 1 Come about by chance:

    ‘what can hap to him worthy to be deemed evil?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘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.’
    occur, take place, come about, come off, come into being
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    1. 1.1[with infinitive] Have the fortune or luck to do something:
      ‘where'er I happ'd to roam’

Origin

Middle English: from Old Norse happ.

Pronunciation:

hap

/hap/

Main definitions of hap in English

: hap1hap2

hap2

verb

[WITH OBJECT]Northern Irish, Scottish
  • 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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Andrina, happed in a plaid dressing-gown, shuffled back into the room.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

Late Middle English: of uncertain origin; perhaps an alteration of lap.

Pronunciation:

hap

/hap/