1. By chance; peradventure; haply. [Obs.]
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.
Formed by thy converse, happily to steer
From grave to gay, from lively to severe. --Pope.
Syn: -- Fortunately; luckily; successfully; prosperously; contentedly; dexterously; felicitously.
adv 1: in a joyous manner; "they shouted happily" [syn: merrily,
mirthfully, gayly, blithely, jubilantly, with
happiness] [ant: unhappily]
2: in an unexpectedly lucky way; "happily he was not injured"