adverb Archaic.

perhaps; by chance.

Origin of haply

First recorded in 1325–75, haply is from the Middle English word hapliche. See hap1, -ly
Can be confusedhapless haply happily
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Historical Examples of haply

  • And, if I haply had erred, to undo the wrong, and release you.


    William D. Howells

  • Spare touch in him of his Melesigenes namesake, save, haply, the—blindness!

    The Biglow Papers

    James Russell Lowell

  • For a while, indeed, they held their place, using all their power if haply they might prevail.

    Stories From Livy

    Alfred Church

  • (R.) Haply he's the second time come to them; for they say an old man is twice a child.


    William Shakespeare

  • Haply there was a body of demigods, as yet uninvoked, who should speedily settle all that.

British Dictionary definitions for haply



(sentence modifier) an archaic word for perhaps
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Word Origin and History for haply

late 14c., hapliche, from hap + -ly (2).

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