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Hap \Hap\, v. i. [OE. happen. See Hap chance, and cf. Happen.] To happen; to befall; to chance.

Sends word of all that haps in Tyre.


Hap \Hap\, n. [Icel. happ unexpected good luck. [root]39.] That which happens or comes suddenly or unexpectedly; also, the manner of occurrence or taking place; chance; fortune; accident; casual event; fate; luck; lot.

Whether art it was or heedless hap.

Cursed be good haps, and cursed be they that build Their hopes on haps.
--Sir P. Sidney.

Loving goes by haps: Some Cupid kills with arrows, some with traps.


Hap \Hap\, n. [Cf. Hap to clothe.] A cloak or plaid. [O. Eng. & Scot.]


Hap \Hap\ (h[a^]p), v. t. [OE. happen.] To clothe; to wrap.

The surgeon happed her up carefully.
--Dr. J. Brown.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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


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


Etymology 1 n. That which happens; an occurrence or happening, especially an unexpected, random, chance, or fortuitous event; chance; fortune; luck. vb. 1 (context intransitive literary English) to happen; to befall; to chance. 2 (context transitive literary English) To happen to. Etymology 2

n. (context UK Scotland dialect English) A wrap, such as a quilt or a comforter. Also, a small or folded blanket placed on the end of a bed to keep feet warm. vb. (context dialect English) To wrap or clothe.


n. an accidental happening; "he recorded all the little haps and mishaps of his life"


v. come to pass; "What is happening?"; "The meeting took place off without an incidence"; "Nothing occurred that seemed important" [syn: happen, go on, pass off, occur, pass, fall out, come about, take place]


Hap or HAP may refer to:

Hap (nickname)

Hap is a nickname, commonly short for Henry, Harry, Harold, or Harrison.

People nicknamed Hap include:

  • Hap Arnold (1886-1950), World War II American Air Force general
  • Hap Collard (1898-1968), Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Hap Day (1901-1990), National Hockey League (NHL) player, coach, and general manager, member of the Hockey Hall of Fame
  • Hap Emms (1905-1988), NHL player, coach, general manager and team owner
  • Hap Farber (born 1948), American football player
  • Harrison Farber, Professor of Medicine and Director of the Pulmonary Hypertension Center at Boston University
  • Frank S. Farley (1901-1977), American politician
  • Hobart R. Gay (1894-1983), US Army lieutenant general
  • Hap Hadley (1895-1976), American artist
  • Hap Holmes (1892-1941), NHL goaltender
  • Emil Huhn (1892-1925), American Major League Baseball player
  • Louis Kuehn (1901-1981), American diver and 1920 Olympic champion
  • Harry McSween (born 1945), Professor of Planetary Geoscience and Distinguished Professor of Science at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville
  • Hap Marre, American soccer player of the 1910s
  • Herb Mitchell (ice hockey) (1895-1969), Canadian NHL player
  • Hap Moran (1901-1994), National Football League halfback
  • Hap Kliban (1935-1990), American cartoonist
  • Hap Myers (1887-1967), Major League Baseball first baseman
  • Hap Myers (ice hockey) (born 1947), NHL defenceman
  • Hap Palmer (born 1942), American children's musician
  • Harold Ridley (Jesuit) (1939-2005), Roman Catholic priest and President of Loyola College in Maryland
  • Hap Sharp (1928-1993), American race car driver

Usage examples of "hap".

So they abode a little, and the more part of what talk there was came from the Lady, and she was chiefly asking Ralph of his home in Upmeads, and his brethren and kindred, and he told her all openly, and hid naught, while her voice ravished his very soul from him, and it seemed strange to him, that such an one should hold him in talk concerning these simple matters and familiar haps, and look on him so kindly and simply.

It was the same apricot brandy that he had brought to the little house that Hap and I had shared.

I must tell thee, that were I fairly judged, I should be deemed no ill spear, even when I came not uppermost: for in all these games are haps which no man may foresee.

She was already afraid of what hap- pened to Lidia but she soon forgot about it.

As Joe Bob sat down again, Hap took a Kleenex from the box next to the cash register, wiped his runny nose, and folded it into the pocket of his greasy overall.

And the traveller Leopold was couth to him sithen it had happed that they had had ado each with other in the house of misericord where this learningknight lay by cause the traveller Leopold came there to be healed for he was sore wounded in his breast by a spear wherewith a horrible and dreadful dragon was smitten him for which he did do make a salve of volatile salt and chrism as much as he might suffice.

When the door opposite, across the table, opened at last, it never occurred to me that the first person to enter, after the now familiar bespectacled man in black, would be not some Eisenhower or Wild Bill Donovan or Hap Arnold or either Dulles brother, but my own father.

Really, it would be more interesting to lunch with the waterbound students than sitting in the cafeteria while her own lunch wilted watching that nasty boy, Marl Fidd, make threatening faces at Khiindi and make fun of Hap for talking all the time.

Even as these very waves thou beholdest have each his back-wash or undertow, so followeth after every sending an undertow of evil hap, whereby, albeit in essence a less deadly thing, many have been drowned and washed away who stood unremoved against the main stroke of the breaker.

FOREIGNEoveOrTwhPelrhmaipnsg,baencdaubsee the strangeness Suddenly seem, cause he doubted he could go ali into that place so ominously painted and so glaringly, Ix haPs defiantly, misaligned to the earth-he began to be dread of what he might find as their purpose, these fo who fell to Farth on petal sails.

He weened well, for that Fortune him sent Such hap, that he escaped through the rain, That of his foes he mighte not be slain.

And now it is so vtterly decayd,That any bud thereof doth scarse remaine,But if few plants preseru'd through heauenly ayd,In Princes Court doe hap to sprout againe,Dew'd with her drops of bountie Soueraine,Which from that goodly glorious flowre proceed,Sprung of the auncient stocke of Princes straine,Now th'onely remnant of that royall breed,Whose noble kind at first was sure of heauenly seed.

Some sort of Persian connec tion seemed die most likely cause of trouble at the Devonshire dump, too, at least judgtog by what had hap pened to Erasmus, while I couldn't rule out the Aztecans, either, not with Huitzilopochdism on the loose and the trail that had led me to poor soulless Jesus Cordero.

And in good sooth she spake again presently, and said: "I wot not what hath befallen nor where my soul may be, For confusion is within me and but dimly do I see, As if the thing that I look on had happed a while ago.

And if she hapt of any good to heare,That had to any happily betid,Then would she inly fret, and grieue, and teareHer flesh for felnesse, which she inward hid:But if she heard of ill, that any did,Or harme, that any had, then would she makeGreat cheare, like one vnto a banquet bid.