happy-go-lucky

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj happy-go-lucky cheerfully irresponsible "carefree with his money","freewheeling urban youths","had a harum-scarum youth"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Happy-go-lucky trusting to hap or luck; improvident; easy-going.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • happy-go-lucky Easygoing; taking things as they come, or haphazard.
    • happy-go-lucky In any way one pleases; just as may happen; every man for himself.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Happy-go-lucky easy-going: taking things as they come
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Idioms

Happy-go-lucky - If someone is happy-go-lucky, they don't worry or plan and accept things as they happen.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
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Usage

In literature:

But the ex-man-o'-war's man, though a typical British sailor, is not one of the happy-go-lucky kind.
"The Flag of Distress" by Mayne Reid
One more proof of the happy-go-lucky spirit of the present day.
"Punch or the London Charivari, September 9, 1914" by Various
But nowadays the reckless, happy-go-lucky spirit has gone.
"Learning to Fly" by Claude Grahame-White
Many soldiers are of a happy-go-lucky type, and wouldn't care to burden themselves with an officer's responsibilities.
"Uncle Sam's Boys as Sergeants" by H. Irving Hancock
Ward had been a happy-go-lucky young fellow who had faith in men and in himself and in his future.
"The Ranch at the Wolverine" by B. M. Bower
The father, however, was a happy-go-lucky man who usually accepted his misfortunes easily.
"Operas Every Child Should Know" by Mary Schell Hoke Bacon
The happy-go-lucky Moise laughed light-heartedly.
"The Young Alaskans on the Trail" by Emerson Hough
They were a particularly jolly, merry, happy-go-lucky family, full of jokes and noise.
"The Manor House School" by Angela Brazil
You're a happy-go-lucky devil and Dad is past the age of fight.
"Valley of Wild Horses" by Zane Grey
Wanted to lend money on a mortgage, just the sort of thing a lazy, happy-go-lucky chap like Moore would snap at.
"The Lightning Conductor Discovers America" by C. N. (Charles Norris) Williamson and A. M. (Alice Muriel) Williamson
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In poetry:

Are we so flabby, and are we so soft?
I have pondered the question long and oft;
And happy-go-lucky we may appear
When the fat and easy days are here,
When it's easy come and it's easy go,
And there's never a long, hard row to hoe.
"The Heritage Of Ease " by C J Dennis

In news:

Photograph by Simon Mein, Courtesy of Miramax Films Bright Ideas: Sally Hawkins plays upbeat Londoner Poppy in ' Happy-Go-Lucky .'.
' Happy-Go-Lucky ' isn't as sweet as it looks.
' Happy-Go-Lucky ,' directed by Mike Leigh.
" Happy-Go-Lucky " is something different from virtuoso British writer-director.
Mike Leigh's Happy-Go-Lucky is a wonderful new movie with an astonishing performance by Sally Hawkins.
Larger Than Life Ms Channing's Happy-Go-Lucky Lookbook of Photo Ops.
With his happy-go-lucky German-style accordion music, Kermit Ohlinger will help to keep the mood festive at this weekend's Reading Liederkranz Oktoberfest.
The drama class at St Thomas More Academy is leaving behind the usual happy-go-lucky high school musical in favor of a dark morality tale that examines what "happily ever after" really means.
Fenkhart plays Huey, a happy-go-lucky Memphis kid with a burning love for the music of his Tennessee city's black community.
While some of the songs seem happy-go-lucky, the lyrics would suggest otherwise.
He is super sweet and is a happy-go-lucky boy.
Garrett Reid was a "happy-go-lucky" guy who conquered drug addiction, loved being in the weight room and enjoyed making players laugh.
She is just a happy-go-lucky girl, who needs a break.
Birkhead said she is a happy go lucky kid who attends regular school and models only for fun.
While optimists are usually happy, go-lucky types of folk, it was a sad week for a few who shed tears as they said goodbye.
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