English Vocabulary Builder – “Happy” and Related Words

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When acquiring a new language, there will always come a point in progress when you will need to expand your working vocabulary. As a whole, English is incredibly rich and expressive. In fact, according to Oxford Dictionaries.com, there are at least 171,476 words in current use in the English language. So why limit yourself to just a handful of words? Whether you are a native speaker or a language learner, it is always fun and enriching to broaden one’s vocabulary.

There are many methods and techniques to aid in memorizing new words, from using them in context, practicing with flash cards, or employing them in story telling. The techniques will vary according to what appeals to the learner and style of learning. Noel Van Vliet of SmartLanguageLearner.com features tips for learning vocabulary from 38 language-learning experts. It is up to you to find what works for you and the motivation to back it up.

To help in vocabulary building, this is the first of many articles taking a look at related word families. Starting out on a positive note, today’s featured words are ones that can be used to express the feeling of being happy or happiness. The following definitions are from Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary:

Happy – favored by luck or fortune; enjoying well being and contentment

Happiness – a state of well-being and contentment; a pleasurable satisfaction

Happily – in a fortunate manner, luckily


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Delight – high degree of satisfaction or gratification

Delightful – highly pleasing


Glad – experiencing pleasure, joy or delight; having a happy or cheerful disposition


Merry – giving pleasure, delightful


Glee – high-spirited joy, merriment


Cheer – lightness of mind and spirit; make glad or happy

Cheerful – full of good spirits; merry

Cheery – marked by or causing cheerfulness


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Joy – the emotion evoked by well-being, success or good fortune; delight

Joyful – experiencing, causing or showing joy

Joyous – filled with or expressive of joy

Over-joy – to fill with great joy


Content – satisfied, to appease to the desires of

Contentment – the quality or state of being content


Bliss – complete happiness

Blissful – full of, marked by, or causing bliss


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Felicity – the quality of state of great happiness

Felicitous – pleasant, delightful


Elated – marked by high spirits


Ecstasy – state of overwhelming emotion, of rapturous delight

Ecstatic – relating to or marked by ecstasy


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Rapture – state or experience of being carried away by overwhelming emotion, particularly ecstasy

Pleasure – state of gratification, delight

Pleasurable – pleasant, gratifying


Phrases that are used to describe happiness:

Deliriously happyShe was deliriously happy on her wedding day.

Full of contentmentLooking over his house and land, the man was full of contentment.

Blissfully happyThe couple was blissfully happy on their honeymoon.

Full of sunshineThomas was full of sunshine whenever he helped others.

Bask in the sunAngela basked in the sun after her promotion.

In raptureThey were in rapture as they walked through the beautiful garden.

Happy-go-luckyThe poet was happy-go-lucky, with hardly a care in the world.


Written by Marlene Martzke for English Classes by Skype





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