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


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈha.pə.li/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈhæ.pə.li/
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happily (comparative more happily, superlative most happily)

  1. In a happy or cheerful manner; with happiness.
    • 1808, Daniel Defoe, The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, Minerva Press for Lane and Newman, 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.
    • 1953, 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