[ 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

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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