in a happy manner; with pleasure.
by good fortune; luckily; providentially.
felicitously; aptly; appropriately: a happily turned phrase.

Nearby words

  1. happenchance,
  2. happening,
  3. happenstance,
  4. happi coat,
  5. happify,
  6. happiness,
  7. happy,
  8. happy as the day is long,
  9. happy camper,
  10. happy dust

Origin of happily

Middle English word dating back to 1300–50; see origin at happy, -ly

Related formso·ver·hap·pi·ly, adverb

Can be confusedhapless haply happily

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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

Idioms and Phrases with happily


see live happily ever after.

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