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Webster 1913 Edition


Happily

Hap′pi-ly

(hăp′pĭ-ly̆)
,
adv.
[From
Happy
.]
1.
By chance; peradventure; haply.
[Obs.]
Piers Plowman.
2.
By good fortune; fortunately; luckily.
Preferred by conquest,
happily
o’erthrown.
Waller.
3.
In a happy manner or state; in happy circumstances;
as, he lived
happily
with his wife
.
4.
With address or dexterity; gracefully; felicitously; in a manner to insure success; with success.
Syn. – Fortunately; luckily; successfully; prosperously; contentedly; dexterously; felicitously.

Webster 1828 Edition


Happily

HAP'PILY

,
adv.
[See Happy.] By good fortune; fortunately; luckily; with success.
Preferr'd by conquest, happily o'erthrown.
1.
In a happy state; in a state of felicity.
He lived happily with his consort.
2.
With address or dexterity; gracefully; in a manner to ensure success.
Formed by thy converse, happily to steer
From grave to gay, from lively to severe.
3.
By chance. [See Haply.]

Definition 2021


happily

happily

English

Adverb

happily (comparative more happily, superlative most happily)

  1. (archaic) By chance; perhaps.
  2. By good chance; fortunately, successfully.
  3. In a happy or cheerful manner; with happiness.
    • 1808, Daniel Defoe, The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, Minerva Press for Lane and Newman, page 311:
      And thus I have given the first part of a life of fortune and adventure, a life of Providence's chequer-work, and of a variety which the world will seldom be able to shew the like of: beginning foolishly, but closing much more happily than any part of it ever gave me leave to much as to hope for.
  4. With good will; in all happiness; willingly.

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