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happily Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. adverb in a joyous manner
    blithely; merrily; gayly; mirthfully; jubilantly.
    • they shouted happily
  2. adverb in an unexpectedly lucky way
    • happily he was not injured

Hap"pi*ly adverb
From Happy.
  1. By chance; peradventure; haply. Obs. Piers Plowman.
  2. By good fortune; fortunately; luckily.
    Preferred by conquest, happily o'erthrown. Waller.
  3. In a happy manner or state; in happy circumstances; as, he lived happily with his wife.
  4. With address or dexterity; gracefully; felicitously; in a manner to success; with success.
    Formed by thy converse, happily to steer From grave to gay, from lively to severe. Pope.
    Syn. -- Fortunately; luckily; successfully; prosperously; contentedly; dexterously; felicitously.

Webster 1913