hap·​pi·​ly | \ ˈha-pə-lē How to pronounce happily (audio) \

Definition of happily

1a : 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

They have been happily married for 12 years. They lived happily ever after. 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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/happily. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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