hand·i·ly | \ ˈhan-də-lē \

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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All three voted to confirm Gorsuch and are up for re-election in states that Trump won handily. Kevin Freking, chicagotribune.com, "What to expect in the Supreme Court confirmation battle," 9 July 2018 All three voted to confirm Gorsuch and are up for re-election in states that Trump won handily. Kevin Freking, The Seattle Times, "What to expect in the Supreme Court confirmation battle," 9 July 2018 Three Democratic senators who voted for Gorsuch -- Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Joe Donnelly of Indiana and Joe Manchin of West Virginia -- are up for re-election in states Trump won handily in 2016. Jennifer Jacobs And Mark Niquette, Houston Chronicle, "Trump making Supreme Court pick to cement conservative majority," 9 July 2018 The Capitals lead the series 2-1 after handily beating Tampa Bay in the first two games. Jenna West, SI.com, "How to Watch Capitals vs. Lightning Game 4: Live Stream, TV Channel," 17 May 2018 Trump handily beat Democrat Hillary Clinton in both districts, but Democrats’ Supreme Court pick narrowly won both a year and a half later. Washington Post, "Democrats see Wisconsin as proving ground for party revival," 19 Apr. 2018 Mr Haris briefly quit, saying that the NAB’s arbitrary rush to reach a judgment—handily, for Mr Sharif’s enemies, just before the election—was undermining the integrity of the proceedings. The Economist, "Pakistan’s former prime minister embraces jail to rally his party," 12 July 2018 Alabama ended up facing Utah in the Sugar Bowl to end that season after losing to Florida in the SEC title game, and the Utes won handily, 31–17. Joan Niesen, SI.com, "The Computer Poll Uprising: Creators of the BCS's Most Controversial Component Look Back," 11 July 2018 The Colorado Rapids, on paper, are one of those teams the Sounders should be able to beat handily. Geoff Baker, The Seattle Times, "No laughing matter: struggling Sounders face a former MLS cellar dwellar that’s showing signs of life," 3 July 2018

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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 \

Kids Definition of handily

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

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