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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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 But in the 2018 midterms, Macomb County’s vote flipped back, siding with the Democratic Senate and gubernatorial nominees, as those candidates won the state handily. Dante Chinni, WSJ, "Blue-Collar Voters Are Up for Grabs in 2020," 16 Dec. 2018 And polls have suggested a tighter race than expected in a state where Republicans typically win handily. Matt Richardson, Fox News, "Ted Cruz, Beto O'Rourke clash in first debate over Trump, immigration and the Supreme Court," 21 Sep. 2018 Targeted are three Democrats in red states that President Trump handily carried and who broke with their party last year to confirm Justice Neil Gorsuch. Francine Kiefer, The Christian Science Monitor, "For women senators, court nomination touches a very personal issue," 11 July 2018 But all of them arrived carrying their Christian faith as handily as the tools strapped to their belts. Hattie Bernstein, BostonGlobe.com, "Flock from Bible Belt arrives to help raise Chinese church," 22 June 2018 The contest has evolved into the latest test of whether Democrats can make inroads in a district Mr. Trump carried handily and whether a recent surge of liberal energy can propel Democrats to an upset victory. Jonathan Martin And Alexander Burns, New York Times, "5 Key Factors in Pennsylvania’s Special House Election," 12 Mar. 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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