: using the hands in an unusually active or noticeable manner
a handsy golf swing
With Ricky Rubio being such a nuisance as a defender, the Wolves have the luxury of a quick, handsy … point guard who can bother the rest of the opposing point guards in the NBA.CBS Sports.com
often : using the hands to touch another person in an aggressively sexual way
There isn't anything new about men in positions of power behaving inappropriately. A handsy boss, who has no filter and no fear of offending, is a staple of old movies and shows like Mad Men. Karol Markowicz
She's found herself standing in elevators at tech conferences late at night when a guy would decide to get, as she puts it, handsy. Liza Mundy

Examples of handsy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At one point, Campbell tells the story of her relationship with the designer Azzedine Alaïa, who took on a paternal role in her life and protected her from handsy men. Carrie Battan, The New Yorker, 5 Oct. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1946, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of handsy was in 1946

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“Handsy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/handsy. Accessed 12 Jun. 2024.

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