from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Fortune; chance.
- n. A happening; an occurrence.
- intransitive v. To happen.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. to happen; to befall; to chance.
- v. To happen to.
- n. 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. To wrap or clothe.
- n. That which happens; an occurrence or happening, especially an unexpected, random, chance, or fortuitous event; chance; fortune; luck.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To clothe; to wrap.
- n. 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.
- intransitive v. To happen; to befall; to chance.
from The 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an accidental happening
- v. come to pass
Middle English, from Old Norse happ; see kob- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English happen, from Old Norse *happa, *heppa, from Proto-Germanic *hampijanan (“to fit in, be fitting”), from Proto-Indo-European *kob- (“to bend, bow, fit in, work, succeed”), Cognate with Old Danish happe ("to chance, happen"), Norwegian heppa ("to occur, happen"). (Wiktionary)
From Old English hap (Wiktionary)
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)