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[uhn-han-dee] /ʌnˈhæn di/
adjective, unhandier, unhandiest.
not skillful in manual work:
He's unhandy when it comes to fixing things around the house.
inconveniently placed or arranged.
difficult to handle or use, as tools or objects.
Origin of unhandy
First recorded in 1655-65; un-1 + handy
Related forms
unhandily, adverb
unhandiness, noun
1. clumsy, awkward, inept, bumbling. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for unhandy
Historical Examples
  • The ship, like all Spanish ships, was unhandy and a poor sailor.

    Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer Cyrus Townsend Brady
  • She was heavy, clumsy, unhandy—but that does not quite explain that power for mischief she had.

    A Set of Six Joseph Conrad
  • There are other Dwarfs, but they are as unhandy as they are misshapen.

    The Children of Odin Padraic Colum
  • It was the decision that the two frigates were unhandy for cruising inshore.

    Blackbeard: Buccaneer Ralph D. Paine
  • They are also unhandy in directing the flame on parts of the work.

  • The one large lugsail, too, and little jib form a most unhandy rig.

    Yachting Vol. 1 Various.
  • Moreover, it's such an unhandy thing that we can't both of us carry it.

    Jack the Young Trapper George Bird Grinnell
  • A cork any shorter than this is an aggravation as it is so unhandy.

  • It was unhandy havin' to pack our boots to Willcox all the time.

    The Long Dim Trail Forrestine C. Hooker
  • Small in stature are they like boys, and unhandy with their swords.

    Jeremiah Stefan Zweig
British Dictionary definitions for unhandy


not skilful with one's hands; clumsy; awkward
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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