happily

[hap-uh-lee]
adverb
1.
in a happy manner; with pleasure.
2.
by good fortune; luckily; providentially.
3.
felicitously; aptly; appropriately: a happily turned phrase.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English; see happy, -ly

overhappily, adverb

hapless, haply, happily.
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happy (ˈhæpɪ)
 
adj , -pier, -piest
1.  feeling, showing, or expressing joy; pleased
2.  willing: I'd be happy to show you around
3.  causing joy or gladness
4.  fortunate; lucky: the happy position of not having to work
5.  aptly expressed; appropriate: a happy turn of phrase
6.  informal (postpositive) slightly intoxicated
 
interj
7.  (in combination): happy birthday; happy Christmas
 
[C14: see hap1, -y1]
 
'happily
 
adv
 
'happiness
 
n

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happily

adv. Of software, used to emphasize that a program is unaware of some important fact about its environment, either because it has been fooled into believing a lie, or because it doesn't care. The sense of `happy' here is not that of elation, but rather that of blissful ignorance. "The program continues to run, happily unaware that its output is going to /dev/null." Also used to suggest that a program or device would really rather be doing something destructive, and is being given an opportunity to do so. "If you enter an O here instead of a zero, the program will happily erase all your data." Neverheless, use of this term implies a basically benign attitude towards the program: It didn't mean any harm, it was just eager to do its job. We'd like to be angry at it but we shouldn't, we should try to understand it instead. The adjective "cheerfully" is often used in exactly the same way.
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happily definition


Of software, used to emphasise that a program is unaware of some important fact about its environment, either because it has been fooled into believing a lie, or because it doesn't care. The sense of "happy" here is not that of elation, but rather that of blissful ignorance. "The program continues to run, happily unaware that its output is going to /dev/null."
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Idioms & Phrases

happily

see live happily ever after.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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Example sentences
The staff in all of my enterprises who work tirelessly and yet happily for the pleasure of others.
Bull sharks happily tolerate the murky water found in estuaries and bays.
Contrasting elements coexist happily in this garden.
Never were two statesmen more happily matched for the noble game that was
  intrusted to them.
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