- one’s luck or lot.
- an occurrence, happening, or accident.
verb (used without object), happed, hap·ping.
- to happen: if it so hap.
- a comforter or quilt.
verb (used with object)
- to cover with or as with a comforter or quilt.
- luck; chance
- an occurrence
verb haps, happing or happed
- (intr) an archaic word for happen
- to cover up; wrap up warmly
- 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.”