Entry date

  • Quotation evidence from ?1473 (first cited in William Caxton).
  • OED includes about 2100 entries first evidenced in the decade 1470—1479 (words such as bank, run, track).

Timeline of entries in the OED

(Based on the first date of each entry. The date of this entry is indicated by the black line.)
10002000

Origin

  • happy
  • -ness

Entry size

  • 7 senses (6 main senses, 1 subentry sense).
  • 54 quotations.

Timeline of sense development

Timeline of quotation evidence

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  • 1100
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  • 1700
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  • 2000