[hap-uh n] /ˈhæp ən/
verb (used without object)
to take place; come to pass; occur:
Something interesting is always happening in New York.
to come to pass by chance; occur without apparent reason or design:
Don’t ask me what caused it—it just happened, that’s all.
to have the fortune or lot (to do or be as specified); chance:
I happened to see him on the street.
to befall, as to a person or thing:
Something dreadful has happened to me.
to meet or discover by chance (usually followed by on or upon):
to happen on a clue to a mystery.
to be, come, go, etc., casually or by chance:
My friend happened along.
Slang. to be very exciting or interesting:
That party was happening!
(intransitive) (of an event in time) to come about or take place; occur
(intransitive) foll by to. (of some unforeseen circumstance or event, esp death), to fall to the lot (of); be a source of good or bad fortune (to): if anything happens to me, it’ll be your fault
(transitive) to chance (to be or do something): I happen to know him
(transitive; takes a clause as object) to be the case, esp if by chance, that: it happens that I know him
adverb, sentence substitute
(Northern English, dialect)
c.1300, “to come to pass, occur,” originally “occur by hap, to have the (good or bad) fortune (to do, be, etc.);” see hap (n.). Replaced Old English gelimpan, gesceon, and Middle English befall. In Middle English fel it hap meant “it happened.” Related: Happened; happening.
[hap-uh n-soh] /ˈhæp ənˌsoʊ/ noun, South Midland and Southern U.S. 1. chance; happenstance; accident: Meeting you today was pure happen-so.
[hap-uh n-stans] /ˈhæp ənˌstæns/ noun 1. a chance or event. /ˈhæpənˌstæns/ noun 1. chance 2. a chance occurrence n. 1897, from happening + ending from circumstance.
[hang-kee-pang-kee] /ˈhæŋ kiˈpæŋ ki/ noun, Informal. 1. unethical behavior; deceit: When the bank teller bought an expensive car and house, they suspected there might be some hanky-panky going on. 2. illicit sexual relations. /ˈhæŋkɪˈpæŋkɪ/ noun (informal) 1. dubious or suspicious behaviour 2. foolish behaviour or talk 3. illicit sexual relations n. also hanky panky, 1841, […]
[hang-kee] /ˈhæŋ ki/ noun, plural hankies. 1. a . /ˈhæŋkɪ/ noun (pl) hankies 1. (informal) short for handkerchief noun A handkerchief (1895+)