[ uhn-han-dee ]
/ ʌnˈhæn di /

adjective, un·hand·i·er, un·hand·i·est.

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

un·hand·i·ly, adverbun·hand·i·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for unhandily

  • 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


/ (ʌnˈhændɪ) /


not skilful with one's hands; clumsy; awkward
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