Is it correct to end a sentence with a superlative without followed noun?

For example: I am the happiest. He is the fastest.

If it is not correct why do people widely use to say: "It is the best" without any continuous noun later? Is it not correct usage or maybe it is an exception?


Yes, it is natural and fine. The noun is being elided.

Generally speaking, these types of sentences would occur with some sort of context to let you know what is being elided.

Out of all the people I know, I am the happiest (person).
In the 100-meter race, he is the fastest (runner in the 100-meter race).

Without context, though, the ellipsis will be understood as something like this:

It is the best (thing in the whole world).
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