from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adv. By chance or accident.

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  • adv. by accident or luck
  • adv. perhaps

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. By hap, chance, luck, or accident; perhaps; it may be.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • By hap, accident, or chance; perhaps; perchance.
  • Synonyms See happily.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. by accident


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  • By Allah, none shall suffer perdition save I; for thou wilt fare forth to the bazar and consort with those that shall divert thee, and thy life will be sound and thy love hidden forsure; but I shall fall into trouble and tristesse nor find any to console me, more by token that I have given the Caliph a tryst, wherein haply great peril shall betide me by reason of my love for thee and my longing for thee and my grief at being parted from thee.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • S: Then speak to him a gentle word haply he may mind or fear.

    Three Translations of The Koran (Al-Qur'an) side by side

  • Oh, the miserable and calamitous spectacle! such as haply the world had not seen the like since the foundation of it, nor be outdone till the universal conflagration.

    The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 12

  • It appears to me utterly incredible that, if Jeanne d'Arc had really survived, we should find no further mention of her than such as haply occurs in one or two town-records and dilapidated account-books.

    The Unseen World, and Other Essays

  • Oh, the miserable and calamitous spectacle, such as haply the world had not seene the like since the foundation of it, nor be outdone till the universal conflagration of it.

    Old St. Paul's Cathedral

  • A change, a great change, is coming in society; but, haply, it may not be the change the bear anticipates.

    Chapter 5: The Philomaths

  • We have created you from one tree and have caused you to be as the leaves and fruit of the same tree, that haply ye may become a source of comfort to one another.

    Brent Poirier: Celebration of the Birth of the Bab: Dawn of the Age of the Maturity of Humanity

  • What Argive or Phthiotian chief will bear me far from Troy, alas! unto his home, or haply to some island fastness?

    The Trojan Women

  • Lo! yonder I see a servant bearing a full pitcher of water on her shaven head; let us sit down and make inquiry of this bond-maid, if haply we may glean some tidings of the matter which brought us hither, Pylades.


  • Oh! where in Nysa, haunt of beasts, or on the peaks of Corycus art thou, Dionysus, marshalling with thy wand the revellers? or haply in the thick forest depths of Olympus, where erst Orpheus with his lute gathered trees to his minstrelsy, and beasts that range the fields.

    The Bacchantes


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  • "MENENIUS: I tell thee, fellow,

    Thy general is my lover: I have been

    The book of his good acts, whence men have read

    His fame unparallel'd, haply amplified;"

    - William Shakespeare, 'The Tragedy of Coriolanus'.

    August 29, 2009

  • Haply I may remember,

    And haply may forget.

    Christina Rossetti

    February 28, 2009