[ han-di-lee, -dl-ee ]
/ ˈhæn dɪ li, -dl i /


skillfully; dexterously; expertly: to manage a boat handily.
conveniently: The books were handily at his side.
easily: We won handily.
Midland U.S. rightly; readily: You can't handily blame him.

Origin of handily

First recorded in 1605–15; handy + -ly
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British Dictionary definitions for handily


/ (ˈhændɪlɪ) /


in a handy way or manner
conveniently or suitablyhandily nearby
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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