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

First recorded in 1655–65; un-1 + handy
Related formsun·hand·i·ly, adverbun·hand·i·ness, noun

Synonyms for unhandy

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Examples from the Web for unhandily

Historical Examples of 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


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