handy

adjective \ ˈhan-dē \
|Updated on: 3 Aug 2018

Definition of handy

handier; handiest
1 a : conveniently near
b : convenient for use
c of a ship : easily handled
2 : clever in using the hands especially in a variety of useful ways
  • handy with a hammer as well as with a paintbrush

handiness

noun

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First Known Use of handy

circa 1525

in the meaning defined at sense 2

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Handy

biographical name Han·dy \ ˈhan-dē \

Definition of Handy

W(illiam) C(hristopher) 1873–1958 American blues musician


HANDY Defined for English Language Learners

handy

Definition of handy for English Language Learners

  • : very useful or helpful

  • : near or close

  • : clever or skillful in using your hands, doing small jobs, etc.


HANDY Defined for Kids

handy

adjective \ ˈhan-dē \

Definition of handy for Students

handier; handiest
1 : very useful or helpful
  • a handy tool
2 : within easy reach
  • Keep a towel handy.
3 : clever or skillful especially with the hands
  • He's handy with a paintbrush.


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