adjective, hand·i·er, hand·i·est.
within easy reach; conveniently available; accessible: The aspirins are handy.
convenient or useful: A typewriter is a handy thing to have in the house.
skillful with the hands; deft; dexterous: a handy person.
easily maneuvered: a handy ship.
Origin of handy
1275–1325; Middle EnglishRelated formshand·i·ness, noun
(in surnames); see hand
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Related Words for handinessdexterity
Examples from the Web for handiness
Historical Examples of handiness
No doubt he slipped in and out with almost the handiness with which one might crack a whip.
He has been invaluable with his sailor's resources and handiness.
Despite his cunning and the handiness of his craft, Dick has not always come off scot-free.
I've heard about your handiness with the thrust buckets on the cruisers.
When the 'Ariel'—for so they called her—arrived, the friends were delighted with her speed and handiness.
British Dictionary definitions for handiness
adjective handier or handiest
Derived Formshandiness, noun
conveniently or easily within reach
easy to manoeuvre, handle, or usea handy tool
skilful with one's hands
W (illiam) C (hristopher). 1873–1958, US blues musician and songwriter, esp noted for the song "St Louis Blues"
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Word Origin and History for handiness
c.1300, "skilled with the hands" (implied in surnames), from hand (n.) + -y (2). Meaning "conveniently accessible" is from 1640s.
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Idioms and Phrases with handiness
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