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.
Recent Examples on the Web But an intersex person is born in full health and can live happily! Trinidad Barleycorn, Variety, 9 Sep. 2022 The purpose of finding a mate is neither to be saved nor to live happily ever after. Annie Lane, oregonlive, 7 Sep. 2022 The purpose of finding a mate is neither to be saved nor to live happily ever after. Annie Lane, cleveland, 7 Sep. 2022 At that time, there wasn't a world where Mina and Demetrius could live happily ever after. Leah Asmelash, CNN, 12 June 2022 That said, many can live happily in a city apartment or a countryside home with a backyard. Elizabeth Berry, Woman's Day, 8 June 2022 But this version is easy to make and a go-to condiment that will happily live in your fridge for at least a week. Mackensy Lunsford, USA TODAY, 2 June 2022 The opportunity here is that some penny-wise buyers, with access to home charging and limited routine driving, could live happily with the smaller battery, knowing that rapid recharging is out there, if needed. Dan Neil, WSJ, 5 May 2022 Similar to snake plants, spider plants prefer bright light but will happily live in low light. Brittney Morgan And Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, 29 Apr. 2022 See More

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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 1 Oct. 2022.

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