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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And after the state’s governor appointed colorless placeholder Luther Strange to fill the Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions (who left to become U.S. attorney general), Moore handily defeated Strange — 55–45 percent — in a primary-runoff election. Jonathan S. Tobin, National Review, "Steve King and Roy Moore Don’t Belong in the GOP," 6 Aug. 2019 Johnson handily won the leadership contest on Tuesday. Washington Post, "Theresa May to step down, Boris Johnson to become U.K. prime minister, in elaborate transition of power," 24 July 2019 Niemann won the men’s division handily — posting a score of 15.17, besting the runner-up from the University of North Florida by more than five points. Justin Lafferty, San Diego Union-Tribune, "PLNU’s Niemann changes look, turns into a national surfing champ," 22 July 2019 However, Blackburn won the race handily, by double digits. Grace Segers, CBS News, "Trump announces U.S. ambassador to Japan will run for Senate," 12 July 2019 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

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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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a usually brief trip or an expedition

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