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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Vegas won the division handily and now enjoys home-ice advantage in the finals. Andrew Knoll, New York Times, "Stanley Cup Finals Preview: Surprising Teams With the Same Architect," 27 May 2018 Indiana swept the series in the regular season, winning handily in Bloomington and surviving in West Lafayette. Teddy Bailey, Indianapolis Star, "IU gets a familiar foe, and foil, in Purdue in this WNIT game," 21 Mar. 2018 Bartee won handily drawing 374 votes to Richter’s 153. David Taylor, Houston Chronicle, "Low voter turnout for Uniform elections," 6 May 2018 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

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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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