• IPA: /ˈhæpɪnɪŋ/, /ˈhæpnɪŋ/, [hæpnɪn]
  1. present participle of happen#English|happen


  1. (slang, of a place) Busy, lively; vibrant, dynamic; fashionable.
    This is a happening place tonight!
    • 2005, Wendy Lawton, Less is More, [http://books.google.com/books?id=qJIm4zMpgt0C&pg=PA13&dq=%22more%7Cmost+happening%22+-intitle:%22%22&hl=en&ei=obaaTqr_D-aSiQfJstSrAg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CCsQ6AEwADgU#v=onepage&q=%22more%7Cmost%20happening%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22&f=false page 13],
      “ […] San Francisco is not exactly the most happening place, you know.”
    • 2006, Eliot Greenspan, Neil E. Schlecht, Frommer's Cuba, [http://books.google.com/books?id=srof8g2k8YMC&pg=PA165&dq=%22more%7Cmost+happening%22+-intitle:%22%22&hl=en&ei=mrKaTteTF8ifiAf6uaysAg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=9&ved=0CFQQ6AEwCA#v=onepage&q=%22more%7Cmost%20happening%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22&f=false page 165],
      When the show ends, the circular, sunken floor is one of the more happening dance clubs in town.
    • 2011, Bob Sehlinger, Menasha Ridge, Len Testa, The Unofficial Guide Walt Disney World 2012, [http://books.google.com/books?id=wvo0aCQrK0wC&pg=PA157&dq=%22more%7Cmost+happening%22+-intitle:%22%22&hl=en&ei=PbqaTtizIsOfiQfV-q2sAg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=7&ved=0CEwQ6AEwBjg8#v=onepage&q=%22more%7Cmost%20happening%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22&f=false page 157],
      They're a little noisy if you open your balcony door but otherwise offer a glimpse of one of Disney World's more happening places.
  2. (slang, of a person or product) Trendy, up-to-the-minute.
    He is a real happening guy.
    • 1987 November 16, Steve Gibson, Desktop Publishing, 386-Based Machines, ‘Happening’ Trends at Comdex, InfoWorld, [http://books.google.com/books?id=Bj8EAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA42&dq=%22more%7Cmost+happening%22+-intitle:%22%22&hl=en&ei=mrKaTteTF8ifiAf6uaysAg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=10&ved=0CFoQ6AEwCQ#v=onepage&q=%22more%7Cmost%20happening%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22&f=false page 42],
      Every show has its hottest, most happening trends. If I were to isolate just one for hardware and one for software, this year's hot hardware would be the 386 machines, and the happening software would be desktop publishing.
    • 2009, Nicola Williams, Oliver Berry, Steve Fallon, France, Lonely Planet, [http://books.google.com/books?id=N-QEGxA6r1YC&pg=PA883&dq=%22more%7Cmost+happening%22+-intitle:%22%22&hl=en&ei=jsCaTuieKcKViQfM36SsAg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=7&ved=0CEoQ6AEwBjhk#v=onepage&q=%22more%7Cmost%20happening%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22&f=false page 883],
      Going strong since 2006, this ephemeral nightclub (it's open only for 50 nights each year, in July and August) has become the hottest ticket in DJ land, a combination of the most happening names in music and its spectacular setting at the heart of the Palais des Festivals.
    • 2011, Nicholas Gill, Christie Pashby, Kristina Schreck, Frommer's Chile & Easter Island, [http://books.google.com/books?id=2QWtJd8zJwEC&pg=PT144&dq=%22more%7Cmost+happening%22+-intitle:%22%22&hl=en&ei=yLuaTuCsL86ImQWan-icAg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=2&ved=0CDEQ6AEwAThG#v=onepage&q=%22more%7Cmost%20happening%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22&f=false unnumbered page],
      San Antonio is the newest, tiniest, and most “happening” wine appellation in Chile, with just four boutique wineries that focus on quality, not quantity, producing fine pinot noir, sauvignon blanc, and syrah.

happening (plural happenings)

  1. Something that happens.
  2. A spontaneous or improvised event, especially one that involves audience participation.
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