hand·​i·​ly | \ ˈhan-də-lē How to pronounce handily (audio) \

Definition of handily

1 : in a dexterous manner
2 : easily defeated the other candidate handily
3 : conveniently nearby

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Examples of handily in a Sentence

He won the card game handily. handily whipped up a fluffy meringue and spread it on the pie

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On the app later that evening, the 50-year-old advertising executive was stunned to see another rider had handily beat his time a few months earlier. Mike Colias, WSJ, "Ready, Set, Cheat: Electric Bikers Zoom Past Mad Pedalers on Cycling App," 4 Jan. 2019 They were joined by Travis Scott and NFL player JuJu Smith-Schuster, and the squad managed to shatter Twitch’s record for concurrent viewers with 628,000, handily beating out the previous record of 388,000. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "The year in Fortnite," 18 Dec. 2018 By that measure, CyberCaliphate’s targeting of media outlets like TV5 Monde and the military spouses succeeded handily. Washington Post, "Russians posed as IS hackers, threatened US military wives," 8 May 2018 Terrain’s Wildfire pillar offers a realistic flickering flame, and can be handily recharged with a USB cord. Kim Cook, The Seattle Times, "A small but social spot: Trends in front-porch decorating," 26 Mar. 2019 Null, who is president of the Dayton Community Development Corporation, won handily 273-96. David Taylor, Houston Chronicle, "Low voter turnout for Uniform elections," 6 May 2018 Here, the new car handily outshines the older machine, shaving two-tenths of a second from the time needed to hit 100km/h (62mph). Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "This video shows just how much quicker the new Formula E car is," 15 Nov. 2018 Breed beat both Leno and Kim handily in first-place votes citywide, as well as in nine of the 11 supervisorial districts. Heather Knight, San Francisco Chronicle, "It’s a really big deal that SF elected London Breed as mayor," 13 June 2018 Gillibrand, 52, was fairly new to the House when appointed to fill Hillary Clinton’s Senate seat in 2009, and has handily won reelection ever since. Celeste Katz, Glamour, "Who’s In and Who’s Out of the 2020 Presidential Race—So Far," 3 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of handily

1659, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of handily

: without trouble : very easily


hand·​i·​ly | \ ˈhan-də-lē How to pronounce handily (audio) \

Kids Definition of handily

: in a handy manner : easily Our team won handily.

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