happily

adverb hap·pi·ly \ ˈha-pə-lē \
Updated on: 22 Apr 2018

Definition of happily

1 a : in a fortunate manner
b : as it fortunately happens
  • happily, some boyhood pleasures don't change
  • —P. A. Witteman
2 archaic : by chance
3 : in a happy manner or state
4 : in an adequate or fitting manner : successfully

Examples of happily in a Sentence

  1. They have been happily married for 12 years.

  2. They lived happily ever after.

  3. We happily accept credit cards.

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First Known Use of happily

14th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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HAPPILY Defined for English Language Learners

happily

Definition of happily for English Language Learners

  • : in a happy way or state

  • —used to say that something good or lucky has happened

  • : in a very willing way



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