Definition of happily in English:

happily

adverb

  • 1In a happy way.

    ‘Eleanor giggled happily’
    • ‘When you start off your need to act is so great you'll happily do anything.’
    • ‘He smiles and chuckles, plays happily with his toys and brings delight to everyone he meets.’
    • ‘Bangkok is a city where commerce and pleasure happily share the same parts of town.’
    • ‘SUE Millington looks every bit the contented mum as she plays happily with her sons.’
    • ‘I perch happily on a stool, poking gleefully at a small aquarium with a few brightly colored fish in it.’
    • ‘Yet surprisingly, large numbers of people happily venture abroad without any cover at all.’
    • ‘He giggled happily and his eyes darted around the room to see if he could not glimpse someone else.’
    • ‘She blew a kiss to me through the window of the carriage and I returned it, giggling happily.’
    • ‘I would have happily chewed off my own arm just for the pleasure of seeing my book in a shop.’
    • ‘He cried in delight spinning her about happily, he kissed her cheek and she struggled against him.’
    • ‘For ten years the lighthouse was happily staffed by a three man crew, rotated every fortnight.’
    • ‘The cow stares at me with it's blissful brown eyes, chewing away quite happily.’
    • ‘You could also happily do some shivering in Somerset with a timely visit to the famous Cheddar Caves.’
    • ‘Karolek shrugged and turned to watch the happily giggling blonde girl on the swings.’
    • ‘In this case there was a happy ending and everybody did live happily ever after.’
    • ‘All seems lost until the handsome Prince Valentine comes to save the day and it all ends happily ever after.’
    • ‘However, close friends said they were sure he would happily accept the offer.’
    • ‘But he finally turns his back on crime and happily discovers he can make more money as a plumber.’
    • ‘Workers and bosses will live happily together in a wonderful social compact.’
    • ‘He felt like he was drowning in them… dying happily in the blissful sea of her soul.’
    contentedly, merrily, delightedly, joyfully, gaily, cheerfully, cheerily, agreeably, blithely, light-heartedly, gleefully, blissfully, with pleasure, to one's heart's content
    willingly, gladly, readily, freely, cheerfully, ungrudgingly, unhesitatingly, with pleasure, with all one's heart and soul
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    1. 1.1sentence adverb It is fortunate that.
      ‘happily, today's situation is very different’
      • ‘Happily, it doesn't have to be that way.’
      • ‘This was a daunting prospect but, happily, the response was immediate and positive.’
      • ‘Happily there is nothing tragic about the comedy of errors on the subways.’
      • ‘Happily, there are numerous resources out there to help you streamline your tech plan.’
      • ‘Happily it is very seldom that we have to record an event so disgraceful to young men as that which took place on Sunday on the Harlem River.’
      fortunately, luckily, thankfully, mercifully, opportunely, providentially, felicitously, by chance, by good luck, by good fortune, as luck would have it
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Pronunciation

happily

/ˈhapɪli/