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From Middle English happily, happyly, happyliche, happylyche, equivalent to happy +‎ -ly.



happily (comparative more happily, superlative most happily)

  1. In a happy or cheerful manner; with happiness.
    • 1719 May 6 (Gregorian calendar), [Daniel Defoe], The Life and Strange Surprizing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, [], 3rd edition, London: [] W[illiam] Taylor [], published 1719, →OCLC, page 311:
      And thus I have given the first part of a life of fortune and adventure, a life of Providence's chequer-work, and of a variety which the world will seldom be able to shew the like of: beginning foolishly, but closing much more happily than any part of it ever gave me leave so much as to hope for.
  2. By good chance; fortunately, successfully.
  3. With good will; in all happiness; willingly.
    Synonym: gladly
    I will happily help you look for your lost wallet.
  4. (archaic) By chance; perhaps.
    Synonym: haply

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