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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Williams handily defeated unranked Barbora Strýcová of the Czech Republic 6-1, 6-2 Thursday to advance to the Wimbledon final for the second consecutive year. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "Serena Williams ousts Strýcová, reaches Wimbledon final to inch closer to 24th Grand Slam," 11 July 2019 Sudo fell short of her 37 hot dogs number from 2018, but still handily defeated the competition. Hannah Chubb, PEOPLE.com, "Joey Chestnut Easily Wins the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest with 71 Hot Dogs in 10 Minutes," 4 July 2019 Researchers have already demonstrated that machine learning can handily defeat the CAPTCHA security protocols that protect computer servers from certain kinds of malicious bot attacks. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "Artificial Intelligence Is About to Make Ransomware Hack Attacks Even Scarier," 21 June 2019 Mary Beth Susman, who represented District 5, was handily defeated by Amanda Sawyer, 58 percent to 42 percent. John Aguilar, The Denver Post, "Three Denver City Council members ousted in runoff — likely unprecedented in city history," 5 June 2019 One of the brightest Democratic stars of this election cycle, Ocasio-Cortez handily defeated Republican opponent Anthony Pappas in New York with more than 75 percent of the vote. Jenny Hollander, Marie Claire, "The 2018 Midterm Elections," 7 Nov. 2018 Embattled Caster Semenya, the two-time Olympic 800-meter champion from South Africa, handily won the event in the Prefontaine Classic at Stanford Sunday. Tom Fitzgerald, SFChronicle.com, "Caster Semenya rolls in Pre Classic 800, jokes that she’ll turn to acting if she loses court battle," 30 June 2019 After the big Democratic special election victories in places handily carried by Mr. Trump in 2016, from Virginia and Alabama to Wisconsin, Republican lawmakers in purple districts are retiring to avoid ending their careers in humiliating defeats. Charlie Savage, New York Times, "What if Republicans Win the Midterms?," 3 Mar. 2018 Like many Syrians, Wannous had been led by years of propaganda to expect the Arab armies to win handily. Ursula Lindsey, The New York Review of Books, "Coup de Théâtre," 17 June 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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