Green’s Dictionary of Slang

-happy sfx

(orig. milit.)

1. slightly insane as a result of a circumstance, e.g. demob-happy, bomb-happy.

[UK] in Campbell & Campbell War Paint 105: [aircraft nose art] Sack Happy.
[UK]Eve. Teleg. 18 July 8/4: Round the Bend — Ripe for the nut-house. Advanced form of Sand Happy.
[US] ‘Whitman College Sl.’ in AS XVIII:2 Apr. 153/2: coop happy. To be out of one’s mind from being shut up.
[Aus]Sydney Morn. Herald 11 Dec. 7/2: Bombing or shelling [...] may suddenly render the bravest soldier ‘bomb-happy.’ It is the modern equivalent of shell-shock.
[US]Life 19 June 94: All nerves are on edge, eyes are haggard and everybody, German or American, is trigger-happy.
[US]Sat. Eve. Post 4 Aug. 23: Bark-happy watchdogs and sore feet make the fugitives’ path through France miserable.
[US]Drake & Cayton Black Metropolis 568: After a day of imbibing Christmas cheer [...] She must have been a little slug-happy.
[Aus]R. Rivett Behind Bamboo 395/1: Bomb happy, especially nervous about bombing. [Ibid.] 398/2: Rice happy, one who has had too much rice.
[US]B. Schulberg Harder They Fall (1971) 129: This nation of radio listeners and shop-happy consumers, this great spectator nation.
[US](con. 1944) N. Mailer Naked and Dead 289: That guy is stripe-happy.
[US](con. 1943–5) A. Murphy To Hell and Back (1950) 245: ‘What’s wrong with that joe? Battle-happy?’ asks Candler.
[US]M. Spillane One Lonely Night 15: When you’re wrong you’re kill-happy.
[US]L. Uris Battle Cry (1964) 135: Let’s knock off. I’m going dit-happy at this damned key.
[US]W. Fisher Waiters 272: You know how you chicks is [...] you start gittin’ man-happy.
[US]‘Ed Lacy’ Men from the Boys (1967) 14: The kid had always been muscle-happy and copy crazy. [Ibid.] 18: The kid [...] was so badge-happy it was comical.
[UK]R.T. Hopkins Banker Tells All 75: He was cash-happy.
[US]B.I. Wiley They Who Fought Here 230: While the ‘butchery’ of Civil War surgeons has probably been exaggerated, some of them were unquestionably ‘saw-happy’.
[UK](con. 1940s) D. MacCuish Do Not Go Gentle (1962) 201: Trouble with you hoss, you’re glory-happy. Allus buckin’ for medals.
[US]R. Gover One Hundred Dollar Misunderstanding 67: He come back an take his wad-happy pants off.
[UK]R.L. Pike Mute Witness (1997) 4: Are you calling me trigger-happy?
[UK]T. Keyes All Night Stand 123: Shag-happy bastards.
[US](con. 1950s) McAleer & Dickson Unit Pride (1981) 241: The Commies? You’re combat-happy.
[UK]G.M. Fraser McAuslan in the Rough 13: If you let ’em slack off, or have time to be bored, they’ll be sand-happy before you know it.
[Aus](con. 1941) R. Beilby Gunner 43: Bomb-happy [...] Too many bombs make me magnoon.
[US]A.K. Shulman On the Stroll 127: Between two and three the team had bagged three hundred plus from the paycheck-happy crowd emerging with stuffed pockets from the bank.
[Ire]J. O’Connor Secret World of the Irish Male (1995) 102: A member of the clap-happy brigade.
[UK]M. Collins Keepers of Truth 169: Looks like Sam’s getting slap happy.
[NZ]McGill Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. 39: bush happy Somewhat deranged or eccentric person, from living alone too long in the bush.

2. obsessed with.

[US]H.S. Truman letter 21 Oct. in Ferrell Dear Bess (1983) 232: We’ll be hard-boiled and bomb-happy when we get to Berlin.
[US]A. Hynd We Are the Public Enemies 23: Some of the gang, after years in prison, were skirt happy.
[US]Monteleone Criminal Sl. (rev. edn) 140: knuckle happy One always ready to fight.
[US]T. Runyon In For Life 136: The pencil-happy screws caused a lot of it [i.e. unhappiness and pressure].
[US]E. Hemingway letter 3 July in Baker Sel. Letters (1981) 863: Got slug nutty happy about them around 1933.
[SA]Casey ‘Kid’ Motsisi ‘Kid Playboy’ Casey and Co. (1978) 27: The bright boys over there have turned the place into a gunsmoke and knife-happy township.
[US](con. 1940s) Malcolm X Autobiog. (1968) 202: I’d point out the Negro-happy white women to him.
[UK]B.S. Johnson All Bull 23: ‘There you are,’ said Taffy, nudging me heavily in the ribs. ‘C-c-cock-’appy’.
W. Lambert III Sex Lab 6: ‘You are a cunt-happy bastard!’ Pamela mouthed. That girl was not one to mince words.
[Aus]N. Keesing Lily on the Dustbin 96: That ‘jumped up’ young woman from the new house ‘down the road’, a real ‘parve’ (parvenue) or ‘Johnny come lately’, ‘butted in’ and got served out of turn by the ‘skirt happy’ butcher’s offsider.
[US]R. Campbell Alice in La-La Land (1999) 82: You’re cock happy. You’re one of them won’t do it at home.
[Aus]M.B. ‘Chopper’ Read Chopper From The Inside 137: Around that time Joe was quite kill happy.
[UK]K. Sampson Awaydays 76: I didn’t think you were like that [...] You know. Wham-bam, thank you ma’am. Shag-happy.
[US]P. Cornwell Last Precinct 9: She’s gotten trigger-happy, Doc.
[UK](con. 1980s) I. Welsh Skagboys 57: Matty [...] has been skag-happy for donks.
[UK]I. Welsh Decent Ride 107: That mid-thirties [...] That’s when a lassie really gits shag-happy.