Definition of unhappy in English:



  • 1Not happy.

    ‘an unhappy marriage’
    ‘Aunt Millie looked unhappy’
    • ‘We had one girl in who hates hospitals and was so unhappy and sullen when she arrived.’
    • ‘One in five people actually say they are depressed or unhappy, and report high levels of stress.’
    • ‘I have been fortunate enough to have had more happy hours than unhappy ones.’
    • ‘The only difference is that at Christmas we are more aware of how happy or unhappy we are.’
    • ‘After all, in blogging all families are happy and unhappy in precisely the same way.’
    • ‘She responded by encouraging Eliza to leave her unhappy marriage and her new baby.’
    • ‘There are things external to us and internal to us that makes us happy or unhappy.’
    • ‘Williams is to play an unhappy housewife who decides a lobotomy will cure her depression.’
    • ‘This book also reminds parents of the impact of divorce or an unhappy marriage on children.’
    • ‘He tells her that he is desperately unhappy and that his marriage is over.’
    • ‘He's deeply, deeply unhappy, and he couldn't see himself being happy at the end.’
    • ‘Her motto hasn't made her happy, but she's never made herself unhappy by being untrue to herself.’
    • ‘A young man looks back over his unhappy marriage and struggles to come to terms with his wife's suicide.’
    • ‘He never told me he was unhappy in his marriage and I never got that impression.’
    • ‘Bibliotherapy is making a lot of people rich, but it is making unhappy people happier?’
    • ‘If all they've done is suffer an unhappy marriage, we should leave them to their marital misery.’
    • ‘I was still unhappy, at times mildly depressed, and on top of that I was getting angry on a regular basis.’
    • ‘I realised that it took much to make her happy but she could become unhappy in a fraction of a second.’
    • ‘Let us assume one child is reasonably happy, well adjusted and the other is unhappy.’
    • ‘An unhappy and frustrated mother is going to lead to a miserable child.’
    sad, miserable, sorrowful, dejected, despondent, disconsolate, morose, regretful, broken-hearted, heartbroken, down, downcast, dispirited, downhearted, heavy-hearted, crestfallen, depressed, melancholy, blue, gloomy, glum, mournful, despairing, doleful, forlorn, woebegone, woeful, tearful, long-faced, joyless, cheerless, out of sorts
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    1. 1.1[predicative]Not satisfied or pleased with (a situation)
      ‘many were unhappy about the scale of the cuts’
      • ‘I had no indication that people were unhappy with the method of consultation and I must apologise for it.’
      • ‘I am very unhappy with him, because I don't think he is always being honest about his motives.’
      • ‘Wellington himself became increasingly tired, irritable and unhappy with his situation.’
      • ‘Local activists are very, very unhappy at the way his situation has been handled.’
      • ‘This is the icing on a cake of me being increasingly unhappy with my career.’
      • ‘He later urged people to write to him or the courts if they are unhappy with the sentencing of criminals.’
      • ‘A similar number were unhappy with their bosses and the way their companies operated.’
      • ‘They were unhappy with Roberts' decision and the methods that he used to shut down the paper.’
      • ‘I guess I should have added that if you're unhappy with a link, then just mail me and I'll take it off here!’
      • ‘He has been unhappy with criticism of his decision not to return to Washington immediately after the attack.’
      • ‘Demand the right to terminate your contract at short notice if you are unhappy with the agency's performance.’
      • ‘You may want to change network if you are unhappy with the service, or if most of your friends and family are on another network.’
      • ‘I'm still very unhappy about the situation and I'm making more of an effort to find a new job.’
      • ‘The teachers were unhappy about the situation and shared the unease of parents in relation to the matter.’
      • ‘The fact that so many women are unhappy with their bodies is evidence that the strategy of the beauty industry has worked.’
      • ‘It's not that I'm unhappy about the situation, but it does feel a wee bit overwhelming sometimes.’
      • ‘If youngsters are unhappy with the state of the country, they have only themselves to blame.’
      • ‘There was no falling out but I was annoyed and very unhappy with the situation.’
      • ‘The Asian and African churches who needed the support were unhappy with this attitude.’
      • ‘Doctors were unhappy with her condition and induced her, but did not expect the baby to arrive until Boxing Day.’
      dissatisfied, displeased, discontented, disappointed, disgruntled
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    2. 1.2Unfortunate.
      ‘an unhappy coincidence’
      • ‘At this point it has been a mixture of some vision and some happy and unhappy accidents.’
      unfortunate, unlucky, luckless, hapless, ill-starred, ill-fated, star-crossed, ill-omened, doomed, blighted, wretched, miserable
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