Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. By chance; perhaps.
  • adv. By good chance; fortunately, successfully.
  • adv. In a happy or cheerful manner; with happiness.
  • adv. With good will; in all happiness; willingly.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. By chance; peradventure; haply.
  • adv. By good fortune; fortunately; luckily.
  • adv. In a happy manner or state; in happy circumstances.
  • adv. With address or dexterity; gracefully; felicitously; in a manner to insure success; with success.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • By good fortune; fortunately; luckily.
  • In a happy or pleasing way or state; in pleasant or fortunate circumstances; with happiness or joy.
  • With address, skill, dexterity, or aptness; dexterously; felicitously; aptly; gracefully.
  • By chance; peradventure; haply.
  • Synonyms Haply, Happily. Haply, now rarely used in prose, means by chance; happily, by a happy chance.
  • Prosperously, successfully, contentedly.

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

  • adv. in an unexpectedly lucky way
  • adv. in a joyous manner

Etymologies

From happy +‎ -ly. (Wiktionary)

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