happily

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

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Adverb[edit]

happily (comparative more happily, superlative most happily)

  1. In a happy or cheerful manner; with happiness.
  2. By good chance; fortunately, successfully.
    • 1935, Samuel Beckett, Watt:
      Watt wore, on his feet, a boot, brown in colour, and a shoe, happily of a brownish colour also.
  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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