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Language tip of the week: extremely happy because something good has happened

Written by Liz Potter

This set of language tips will explore the words and phrases we use to talk about feelings. This week’s tip looks ways of saying that someone is extremely happy because something good has happened:

thrilled very pleased, especially because something exciting has happened:



  • Dan was thrilled with his present.
  • Everyone is thrilled about the baby.

I was thrilled to receive the prize.

overjoyed very happy, especially because there has been a successful outcome:

  • They were overjoyed to see him again.
  • We were overjoyed by the support we received.

walking/floating on air so happy that you feel that everything is wonderful and nothing bad can happen:

  • Two weeks after getting engaged she is still walking on air.

on top of the world very happy because things are going very well for you:

  • Nick was on top of the world after winning the award.

scream/shout/shriek with delight; cry/shout/weep for joy to behave in a certain way because you are feeling very happy:

  • The children were shrieking with delight as they played in the pool.
  • Penny could have shouted for joy.

There are many other words and expressions that mean ‘extremely happy‘ including ecstatic, elated, euphoric, jubilant, in seventh heaven, on cloud nine and over the moon.

Did you know that Macmillan Dictionary includes a full thesaurus? This page lists more ways to say ‘happy‘.

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