1. one’s luck or lot.
  2. an occurrence, happening, or accident.

verb (used without object), happed, hap·ping.

  1. to happen: if it so hap.


  1. a comforter or quilt.

verb (used with object)

  1. to cover with or as with a comforter or quilt.

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


  1. a covering of any kind

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.


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

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