from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Not happy or joyful; sad or sorrowful: unhappy over his friend's departure.
  • adj. Not satisfied; displeased or discontented: unhappy with her raise.
  • adj. Not attended by or bringing good fortune; unlucky.
  • adj. Not suitable; inappropriate: an unhappy choice of words.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Not happy; sad.
  • adj. Not satisfied; unsatisfied.
  • adj. Not lucky; unlucky.
  • adj. Not suitable; unsuitable.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Not happy or fortunate; unfortunate; unlucky.
  • adj. In a degree miserable or wretched; not happy; sad; sorrowful.
  • adj. Marked by infelicity; evil; calamitous.
  • adj. Mischievous; wanton; wicked.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not happy
  • Marked by or associated with ill fortune, infelicity, or mishap; inauspicious; ill-omened; calamitous; evil; lamentable.
  • Not felicitous; not well suited or appropriate; not apt.
  • Not having good hap, fortune, or luck; unfortunate; unlucky.
  • Full of tricks; mischievous; tricksy.
  • Synonyms Downcast, cheerless.
  • To make unhappy.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. marked by or producing unhappiness
  • adj. experiencing or marked by or causing sadness or sorrow or discontent
  • adj. generalized feeling of distress
  • adj. causing discomfort


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  • I hate being unhappy.

    October 15, 2009