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handy

[han-dee]
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adjective, hand·i·er, hand·i·est.
  1. within easy reach; conveniently available; accessible: The aspirins are handy.
  2. convenient or useful: A typewriter is a handy thing to have in the house.
  3. skillful with the hands; deft; dexterous: a handy person.
  4. easily maneuvered: a handy ship.
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Origin of handy

1275–1325; Middle English (in surnames); see hand, -y1
Related formshand·i·ness, noun

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3. See dexterous.

Handy

[han-dee]
noun
  1. W(illiam) C(hristopher),1873–1958, U.S. blues composer.
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Related Words

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Historical Examples

  • If half what they say is true, you're a handy lad with the guns.

  • This was accomplished in 1845, when Mr. Handy made his final settlement.

  • I can rig up a handy horse-stall with my spare spars and the grating.

    Micah Clarke

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • I set my boots and Bud's side by side, where they'd be handy.

    Tom Sawyer, Detective

    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

  • I fastened my closed lantern to my belt and put my revolver in a handy pocket.


British Dictionary definitions for handy

handy

adjective handier or handiest
  1. conveniently or easily within reach
  2. easy to manoeuvre, handle, or usea handy tool
  3. skilful with one's hands
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Derived Formshandiness, noun

Handy

noun
  1. 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 handy

adj.

c.1300, "skilled with the hands" (implied in surnames), from hand (n.) + -y (2). Meaning "conveniently accessible" is from 1640s.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with handy

handy

see come in handy.

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