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[hap-uh-lee] /ˈhæp ə li/
in a happy manner; with pleasure.
by good fortune; luckily; providentially.
felicitously; aptly; appropriately:
a happily turned phrase.
Origin of happily
1300-50; Middle English; see happy, -ly
Related forms
overhappily, adverb
Can be confused
hapless, haply, happily. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • But I have another trouble than that, which has been happily averted.

    The Lost Treasure of Trevlyn Evelyn Everett-Green
  • The ride on Tuesday was happily accomplished, as that of Monday: but it was much shorter.

    Deerbrook Harriet Martineau
  • happily, neither war nor business nor fish-hogs can ruin the wonderful climate of Catalina Island.

    Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
  • happily it was a good horse, or the fate of the world might have been different.

    The World Peril of 1910 George Griffith
  • happily for Henry, he was well mounted, and on being attacked, defended himself so resolutely that he escaped almost by a miracle.

Word Origin and History for happily

mid-14c., "by chance or accident," from happy + -ly (2). Meaning "fortunate, lucky" is late 14c.; that of "appropriately" is from 1570s. Happily ever after recorded by 1853.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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happily in Technology

Of software, used to emphasise that a program is unaware of some important fact about its environment, either because it has been fooled into believing a lie, or because it doesn't care. The sense of "happy" here is not that of elation, but rather that of blissful ignorance. "The program continues to run, happily unaware that its output is going to /dev/null."
[Jargon File]

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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Idioms and Phrases with happily
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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