Meaning of “unhappy” in the English Dictionary

"unhappy" in British English

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uk /ʌnˈhæp.i/ us /ʌnˈhæp.i/

A2 sad or not satisfied:

That's enough to make anyone unhappy.
an unhappy marriage
I was very unhappy with the service.

More examples

  • She had an unhappy childhood.
  • The last thing I wanted was to make you unhappy.
  • She just seems so unhappy and I don't know what the solution is.
  • It was clear that he was unhappy about the decision.
  • Union members stated that they were unhappy with the proposal.
adverb uk /ʌnˈhæp.əl.i/ us /ʌnˈhæp.əl.i/
noun [ U ] uk /ʌnˈhæp.i.nəs/ us /ʌnˈhæp.i.nəs/

(Definition of “unhappy” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"unhappy" in American English

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us /ʌnˈhæp·i/

unhappy adjective (NOT PLEASED)

not feeling pleasure or satisfaction:

It was an unhappy time of her life.
They were unhappy about their hotel room (= did not like it) and asked to be moved.

unhappy adjective (NOT LUCKY)

(of a condition or situation) not lucky:

We found ourselves in the unhappy situation of having had our bags, passports, and money stolen.
noun [ U ] us /ʌnˈhæp·i·nəs/

(Definition of “unhappy” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)