hap


< /ˈθɜr mən/, 1891–1969, U.S. lawyer and writer.

  • a town in E Missouri.
  • a male given name: from Germanic words meaning “eagle” and “power.”
  • noun archaic

    1. luck; chance
    2. an occurrence

    verb haps, happing or happed

    1. (intr) an archaic word for happen

    verb (tr)

    1. to cover up; wrap up warmly

    noun

    1. a covering of any kind

    noun

    1. a town in N central England, in S Nottinghamshire. Pop: 37 402 (2001)

    noun

    1. Sir Malcolm. 1921–2006, English composer, esp of orchestral works in a traditional idiom
    2. Matthew. 1822–88, English poet, essayist, and literary critic, noted particularly for his poems Sohrab and Rustum (1853) and Dover Beach (1867), and for his Essays in Criticism (1865) and Culture and Anarchy (1869)
    3. his father, Thomas. 1795–1842, English historian and educationalist, headmaster of Rugby School, noted for his reforms in public-school education
    n.

    c.1200, “chance, a person’s luck, fortune, fate;” also “unforeseen occurrence,” from Old Norse happ “chance, good luck,” from Proto-Germanic *khapan (source of Old English gehæp “convenient, fit”), from PIE *kob- “to suit, fit, succeed” (cf. Old Church Slavonic kobu “fate, foreboding, omen,” Old Irish cob “victory”). Meaning “good fortune” is from early 13c.

    v.

    “to happen,” mid-14c., from hap (n.) “chance.”

    masc. proper name, from Old High German Arenwald, literally “having the strength of an eagle,” from arn “eagle” (see erne) + wald “power” (see wield).

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