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[han-di-lee, -dl-ee]
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  1. skillfully; dexterously; expertly: to manage a boat handily.
  2. conveniently: The books were handily at his side.
  3. easily: We won handily.
  4. Midland U.S. rightly; readily: You can't handily blame him.
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Origin of handily

First recorded in 1605–15; handy + -ly
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  1. in a handy way or manner
  2. conveniently or suitablyhandily nearby
  3. US and Canadian easilythe horse won handily
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Word Origin and History for handily


"easily," 1610s, from handy + -ly (2). Earlier it meant "done by hand" (late 14c.).

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