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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.
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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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Historical Examples of unhandy

  • The ship, like all Spanish ships, was unhandy and a poor sailor.

    Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer

    Cyrus Townsend Brady

  • She was heavy, clumsy, unhandy—but that does not quite explain that power for mischief she had.

    A Set of Six

    Joseph Conrad

  • There are other Dwarfs, but they are as unhandy as they are misshapen.

  • It was the decision that the two frigates were unhandy for cruising inshore.

    Blackbeard: Buccaneer

    Ralph D. Paine

  • They are also unhandy in directing the flame on parts of the work.

British Dictionary definitions for unhandy


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