Joyous vs. Happy

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  • Joyous (adjective)

    Full of joy; happy.

  • Happy (adjective)

    Having a arising from a consciousness of well-being or of enjoyment; enjoying good of any kind, such as comfort, peace, or tranquillity; blissful, contented, joyous.

    "Music makes me feel happy."

  • Happy (adjective)

    Experiencing the effect of favored by fortune or luck; fortunate, lucky, propitious.

  • Happy (adjective)

    Content, satisfied (with or to do something); having no objection (to something).

    "Are you happy to pay me back by the end of the week?"

    "Yes, I am happy with the decision."

  • Happy (adjective)

    Of acts, speech, etc.: appropriate, apt, felicitous.

    "a happy coincidence"

  • Happy (adjective)

    Favoring or inclined to use.

    "slaphappy, trigger-happy"

  • Happy (adjective)

    Of persons, especially when referring to their ability to express themselves (often followed by at or in): dexterous, ready, skilful.

  • Happy (noun)

    preceded by the: happy people as a group.

  • Happy (noun)

    A happy event, thing, person, etc.

  • Happy (verb)

    Often followed by up: to become happy; to brighten up, to cheer up.

  • Happy (verb)

    Often followed by up: to cheer, to enliven.

Oxford Dictionary
  • Joyous (adjective)

    Glad; gay; merry; joyful; also, affording or inspiring joy; with of before the word or words expressing the cause of joy.

  • Happy (adjective)

    Favored by hap, luck, or fortune; lucky; fortunate; successful; prosperous; satisfying desire; as, a happy expedient; a happy effort; a happy venture; a happy omen.

  • Happy (adjective)

    Experiencing the effect of favorable fortune; having the feeling arising from the consciousness of well-being or of enjoyment; enjoying good of any kind, as peace, tranquillity, comfort; contented; joyous; as, happy hours, happy thoughts.

  • Happy (adjective)

    Dexterous; ready; apt; felicitous.

Webster Dictionary
  • Joyous (adjective)

    full of or characterized by joy;

    "felt a joyous abandon"

  • Joyous (adjective)

    full of or suggesting exultant happiness;

    "a joyful heart"

    "a joyful occasion"

    "the joyous news"

    "joyous laughter"

  • Happy (adjective)

    enjoying or showing or marked by joy or pleasure or good fortune;

    "a happy smile"

    "spent many happy days on the beach"

    "a happy marriage"

  • Happy (adjective)

    experiencing pleasure or joy;

    "happy you are here"

    "pleased with the good news"

  • Happy (adjective)

    marked by good fortune;

    "a felicitous life"

    "a happy outcome"

  • Happy (adjective)

    satisfied; enjoying well-being and contentment;

    "felt content with her lot"

    "quite happy to let things go on as they are"

  • Happy (adjective)

    exaggerated feeling of well-being or elation

  • Happy (adjective)

    well expressed and to the point;

    "a happy turn of phrase"

    "a few well-chosen words"

    "a felicitous comment"

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