American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Fortune; chance.
- n. A happening; an occurrence.
- v. To happen.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. That which happens: a fortuitous occurrence; chance; fortune; luck.
- To happen; befall; come by chance.
- To wrap; cover in order to defend from cold, rain, or snow; screen.
- n. A cloak or plaid; a covering. Also called happing.
- A dialectal form of hop.
- v. intransitive, literary to happen; to befall; to chance.
- v. transitive, literary To happen to.
- n. dialect A wrap, such as a quilt or a comforter. Also, a small or folded blanket placed on the end of a bed to keep feet warm.
- v. dialect To wrap or clothe.
- n. That which happens; an occurrence or happening, especially an unexpected, random, chance, or fortuitous event; chance; fortune; luck.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To clothe; to wrap.
- n. O. Eng. & Scot. A cloak or plaid.
- n. That which happens or comes suddenly or unexpectedly; also, the manner of occurrence or taking place; chance; fortune; accident; casual event; fate; luck; lot.
- v. To happen; to befall; to chance.
- n. an accidental happening
- v. come to pass
- From Middle English hap, happe ("chance, hap, luck, fortune"), from Old Norse happ ("hap, chance, good luck"), from Proto-Germanic *hampan (“convenience, happiness”), from Proto-Indo-European *kob- (“good fortune, prophecy; to bend, bow, fit in, work, succeed”). Cognate with Icelandic happ ("hap, chance, good luck"). Related also to Icelandic heppinn ("lucky, fortunate, happy"), Old Danish hap ("fortunate"), Old English ġehæp ("fit, convenient"), Swedish hampa ("to turn out"), Old Church Slavonic кобь (kobĭ, "fate"), Old Irish cob ("victory"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old Norse happ; see kob- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“O my lord, this hap is what I dreamt last night; and, when I awoke,”
“And Uther with his men drew to the mount, and had lost in the fight his dear knights, full seven hundred-his hap was the worse!”
“Thus happiness, according to the original use of the term, is that which happens, or comes to one by a hap, that is, by an outward befalling, or favorable condition.”
“Wonderful, wasn't it, that it was her "hap" to light on a part of the field belonging to Boaz?”
“But at the deliuerie of the monie, and by a certeine kind of hap, the Romans name was preserued at that time from such dishonor and ignominie as was likelie to haue insued.”
“My ire at Spitzer is partly triggered by the embarrassing record of his hand-picked successor, David Paterson, an accidental governor who put the "hap" in "hapless.”
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“Make . . . the . . . the old folks hap . . . happy?”
“How then had a man so singularly drained of hap as the 57-year-old Israeli ended up controlling Chelsea, Portsmouth and West Ham United?”
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