[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. unhallowed,
  2. unhampered,
  3. unhand,
  4. unhandled,
  5. unhandsome,
  6. unhappily,
  7. unhappy,
  8. unharmed,
  9. unharness,
  10. unhasp

Origin of unhandy

First recorded in 1655–65; un-1 + handy

Related formsun·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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