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" [ant: sadly]
- In a happy manner;
- 1808, Daniel Defoe, The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe,
Minerva Press for Lane and Newman, page 311:
- And thus I have given the firſt part of a life of fortune and adventure, a life of Providence's chequer-work, and of a variety which the world will ſeldom be able to ſhew the like of: beginning fooliſhly, but cloſing much more happily than any part of it ever gave me leave to much as to hope for.
- 1808, Daniel Defoe, The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, Minerva Press for Lane and Newman, page 311:
- Without fuss.
In a happy manner
agreeably, airily, blessedly, blissfully, blithely, cheerfully, cheerily, delightedly, ecstatically, elatedly, enthusiastically, exultantly, favorably, fortunately, gaily, genially, gladly, gleefully, heartily, hopefully, irrepressibly, jauntily, joyfully, jubilantly, lightly, luckily, merrily, opportunely, optimistically, peaceably, pleasantly, propitiously, prosperously, providentially, rapturously, rhapsodically, satisfyingly, smilingly, successfully, swimmingly, willingly, with good cheer, with pleasure