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unhandy

[uhn-han-dee] /ʌnˈhæn di/
adjective, unhandier, unhandiest.
1.
not skillful in manual work:
He's unhandy when it comes to fixing things around the house.
2.
inconveniently placed or arranged.
3.
difficult to handle or use, as tools or objects.
Origin of unhandy
1655-1665
First recorded in 1655-65; un-1 + handy
Related forms
unhandily, adverb
unhandiness, noun
Synonyms
1. clumsy, awkward, inept, bumbling.
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Examples from the Web for unhandily
Historical Examples
  • The English speech, long disused, came to her unhandily, but the purport of what she said was plain.

    A Master of Fortune

    Cutcliffe Hyne
  • He was in trouble about his rod, having snapped the top joint in unhandily dealing with a fine chub.

    The Yeoman Adventurer George W. Gough
  • Ling and Izak went last, dropping the stolen guns they had held so unhandily.

    The Devil's Asteroid Manly Wade Wellman
British Dictionary definitions for unhandily

unhandy

/ʌnˈhændɪ/
adjective
1.
not skilful with one's hands; clumsy; awkward
2.
inconvenient
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