W3S3 [ʌnˈhæpi] adj comparative unhappier superlative unhappiest
1.) not happy
If you're so unhappy, why don't you change jobs?
Leslie had an unhappy childhood.
an unhappy marriage
I was desperately unhappy .
2.) feeling worried or annoyed because you do not like what is happening in a particular situation
unhappy about/at (doing) sth
Dennis is unhappy about having to work on a Saturday.
unhappy with
We were all unhappy with the quality of the service.
3.) formal an unhappy remark, situation etc is not suitable, lucky, or desirable
an unhappy coincidence
>unhappily adv
>unhappiness n [U]

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