haply

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adv haply by accident "betrayed by a word haply overheard"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • adv Haply By hap, chance, luck, or accident; perhaps; it may be. "Lest haply ye be found even to fight against God."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • haply By hap, accident, or chance; perhaps; perchance.
    • haply Synonyms See happily.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adv Haply by hap, chance, or accident: perhaps: it may be
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Ice. happ, good luck.

Usage

In literature:

Is this the message, haply, that you bring?
"Turandot, Princess of China" by Karl Gustav Vollmöller
God, haply, in this mystic mode, would fain Hint of a happier home, far, far away!
"Southern Literature From 1579-1895" by Louise Manly
Haply he will forget his wrath, and fight.
"Poetical Works of Matthew Arnold" by Matthew Arnold
Haply now I press thee, dearest, For the last time, to my heart.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 58, Number 358, August 1845" by Various
All living and unliving things to weep Balder, if haply he may thus be won!
"Myths of the Norsemen" by H. A. Guerber
How else could they pass the time, six mortal hours endure Till night should extinguish day, when matters might haply mend?
"Browning's England" by Helen Archibald Clarke
So, haply, for an Ox I pray.
"The Universal Reciter" by Various
Worship your Caesar, and (C.V.) your God; Who spares the child may haply spoil the rod.
"The Battle of the Bays" by Owen Seaman
I myself will go to the sea to-morrow, haply I may find the ring.
"Cossack Fairy Tales and Folk Tales" by Anonymous
This peaceful lea may haply yield Its harvest for the tented field.
"Poetical Works of William Cullen Bryant" by William Cullen Bryant
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In poetry:

So, if a tear, when thou art dying,
Should haply fall from me,
It is but that my soul is sighing,
To go and rest with thee.
"Stanzas" by Emily Jane Bronte
And haply, pleading long with Him
For sin-sick hearts and cold,
The angels of our childhood still
The Father's face behold.
"Child-Songs" by John Greenleaf Whittier
And that some simple shepherd, singing of
His pain and love,
May haply find
His heart-song speaks the heart of all his kind.
"Folk Song" by John Charles McNeill
She of unfruitful vines was one!
I wish he still had kept her:
Then, haply, to a duteous son,
I now might leave—my sceptre.
"Buonaparte's Will" by Thomas Stott
One word to whisper of
Low in his ear;
Sweet, but the one word "love"
Haply he'll hear.
One word to whisper of
Low in his ear.
"At Last" by Madison Julius Cawein
Thereat my heart began to smile:
Haply I speak their tongue:
``Can you,'' I said, ``not wait awhile?
You won't be always young.
"At San Giovanni Del Lago" by Alfred Austin