Synonyms of unhappy in English:


See definition of unhappy


1‘an unhappy childhood’


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

informal down in the mouth, down in the dumps, fed up, grumpy

rare lachrymose


happy, cheerful

2‘in the unhappy event of litigation’


unfortunate, unlucky, luckless, hapless, ill-starred, ill-fated, star-crossed, ill-omened, doomed, blighted, wretched, miserable

disadvantageous, adverse

informal jinxed

3‘if you are unhappy with a new hairstyle, complain to your hairdresser while you are still in the salon’


dissatisfied, displeased, discontented, disappointed, disgruntled

disapproving of

British informal not best pleased

4‘indeed, ‘disorganized capitalism’ seems an unhappy term for conveying what they are dealing with’


inappropriate, unsuitable, inapt, unfortunate

regrettable, ill-chosen, tactless, ill-advised, injudicious

awkward, clumsy