What does happily mean?

Definitions for happily
ˈhæp ə lihap·pi·ly

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word happily.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. happily, merrily, mirthfully, gayly, blithely, jubilantlyadverb

    in a joyous manner

    "they shouted happily"

  2. happilyadverb

    in an unexpectedly lucky way

    "happily he was not injured"


  1. happilyadverb

    By chance; perhaps.

  2. happilyadverb

    By good chance; fortunately, successfully.

  3. happilyadverb

    In a happy or cheerful manner; with happiness.

  4. happilyadverb

    With good will; in all happiness; willingly.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Happilyadverb

    Etymology: from happy.

    Were she as rough
    As are the swelling Adriatick seas,
    I come to wive it wealthily in Padua:
    If wealthily, then happily in Padua. William Shakespeare.

    Preferr’d by conquest, happily o’erthrown,
    Falling they rise to be with us made one. Edmund Waller.

    Neither is it so trivial an undertaking to make a tragedy end happily; for ’tis more difficult to save than kill. Dryden.

    Form’d by thy converse, happily to steer
    From grave to gay, from lively to severe. Alexander Pope.

    One thing more I shall wish you to desire of them, who happily may peruse these two treatises. Digby.


  1. Happily

    Happily is a song by English-Irish boy band One Direction from their third studio album, Midnight Memories (2013). It was co-written by band member Harry Styles.


  1. happily

    Happily is an adverb that describes an action done with contentment, joy, or pleasure. It shows satisfaction or delight in a given situation or event, or an optimistic, positive demeanor. Also, it can indicate a favorable or satisfactory state or conclusion.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Happilyadverb

    by chance; peradventure; haply

  2. Happilyadverb

    by good fortune; fortunately; luckily

  3. Happilyadverb

    in a happy manner or state; in happy circumstances; as, he lived happily with his wife

  4. Happilyadverb

    with address or dexterity; gracefully; felicitously; in a manner to success; with success

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. happily

    Of software, used to emphasize that a program is unaware of some important fact about its environment, either because it has been fooled into believing a lie, or because it doesn't care. The sense of ‘happy’ here is not that of elation, but rather that of blissful ignorance. “The program continues to run, happily unaware that its output is going to /dev/null.” Also used to suggest that a program or device would really rather be doing something destructive, and is being given an opportunity to do so. “If you enter an O here instead of a zero, the program will happily erase all your data.” Nevertheless, use of this term implies a basically benign attitude towards the program: It didn't mean any harm, it was just eager to do its job. We'd like to be angry at it but we shouldn't, we should try to understand it instead. The adjective “cheerfully” is often used in exactly the same way.

British National Corpus

  1. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'happily' in Adverbs Frequency: #310

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of happily in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of happily in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of happily in a Sentence

  1. Ferdinando Beccalli-Falco:

    We had to eliminate more than half of our healthcare organisation because we discovered that they were happily scamming our customers, scamming against us and scamming against the government.

  2. Epicurus:

    Pleasure is the beginning and the end of living happily.

  3. Jennifer Siebel-Newsom:

    I would like to be asked more meaningful questions on the red carpet; Questions that can encourage and inspire others, i would happily talk about social issues if it was something I had a valid connection to and questions of faith, which a reporter who did their research on me would know it’s something I’m vocal and comfortable talking about.

  4. Victor Borge:

    Ah Mozart He was happily married - but his wife wasn't.

  5. Antoine De Saint-Exupery:

    He who would travel happily must travel light.

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Translations for happily

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • بِسَعادَهArabic
  • alegrement, afortunadament, feliçmentCatalan, Valencian
  • gerne, glücklicherweise, glücklich, fröhlich, bereitwilligGerman
  • de buena gana, felizmente, dichosamente, alegremente, afortunadamenteSpanish
  • onneksi, halukkaasti, onnellisestiFinnish
  • joyeusement, heureusement, volontiers, gaiement, par bonheurFrench
  • आनंद सेHindi
  • ուրախությամբArmenian
  • felicemente, fortunatamente, volentieriItalian
  • בשמחהHebrew
  • 運良く, 楽しく, 快くJapanese
  • ಸಂತೋಷದಿಂದKannada
  • به‌خۆشیKurdish
  • prolixe, feliciter, grate, sponte, libenter, propenseLatin
  • alegremente, felizmentePortuguese
  • fericitRomanian
  • с радостью, с удовольствием, к счастью, охотно, счастливоRussian
  • с радошћу, sretno, са задовљством, радоSerbo-Croatian
  • lyckligtSwedish
  • 高高兴兴Chinese

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