[ hap-lee ]

  1. perhaps; by chance.

Origin of haply

First recorded in 1325–75, haply is from the Middle English word hapliche.See hap1, -ly

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How to use haply in a sentence

  • He had no hopes of winning her to wife—haply no desire, since he was not a man of very great ambitions.

    St. Martin's Summer | Rafael Sabatini
  • haply Marius would have taken them and departed, and at midnight they would have been free to go from Condillac.

    St. Martin's Summer | Rafael Sabatini
  • haply her truant tresses mock Some coronal of shapelier block, To wit, the bounding billy-cock.

  • But I shall have fled, how I know not; haply mandragora will lure my weary mind to rest.

    Sinister Street, vol. 1 | Compton Mackenzie
  • It was beyond his faculties to divine that her not forsaking of Edward might haply come to mean something disastrous to him.

    Rhoda Fleming, Complete | George Meredith

British Dictionary definitions for haply


/ (ˈhæplɪ) /

  1. (sentence modifier) an archaic word for perhaps

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