hand·​i·​ly ˈhan-də-lē How to pronounce handily (audio)
: in a dexterous manner
: easily
defeated the other candidate handily
: conveniently nearby

Example Sentences

He won the card game handily. handily whipped up a fluffy meringue and spread it on the pie
Recent Examples on the Web Both Shapiro and Moore handily defeated their pro-Trump rivals in their gubernatorial races. Fox News, 27 Jan. 2023 O'Rourke, who was defeated handily by Gov. Greg Abbott (R-TX) in the election, is down to just over $212,000 in cash on hand, according to filings. Gabe Kaminsky, Washington Examiner, 25 Jan. 2023 Now that the Cincinnati Bengals have knocked the Buffalo Bills out of contention, the Kansas City Chiefs — who handily defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars in the divisional round last Saturday — are the favorites to win the Lombardi trophy. Brigid Kennedy, The Week, 21 Jan. 2023 Pillen handily defeated Democrat Carol Blood in the November general election in a state that hasn't elected a Democrat as governor since 1994. Arkansas Online, 13 Jan. 2023 His victory in July capped his second run for the office, having been defeated handily by Mosby in 2018. Alex Mann, Baltimore Sun, 3 Jan. 2023 White soundly won the March 1998 primary, then handily defeated his Republican opponent in the general election to become Illinois’ first Black secretary of state. Jeremy Gorner, Chicago Tribune, 2 Jan. 2023 Still, Kerr’s team rose to the occasion and handily defeated what remains arguably the best team in the Eastern Conference, 123-107. C.j. Holmes, San Francisco Chronicle, 23 Dec. 2022 Baker denied that was the case, and Maura Healey, a Democrat, handily defeated Diehl in November. Kris Rhim, New York Times, 15 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1659, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of handily was in 1659

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“Handily.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/handily. Accessed 8 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


hand·​i·​ly ˈhan-də-lē How to pronounce handily (audio)
: in a skillful manner
: easily sense 1
won handily

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