handy

adjective
\ ˈhan-dē How to pronounce handy (audio) \
handier; handiest

Definition of handy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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

Handy

biographical name
Han·​dy | \ ˈhan-dē How to pronounce Handy (audio) \

Definition of Handy (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Other Words from handy

Adjective

handiness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for handy

Synonyms: Adjective

accessible, convenient, reachable

Antonyms: Adjective

inaccessible, inconvenient, unhandy, unreachable, untouchable

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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

This is where long- versus short-term planning can become super handy. Molly Finneseth, Glamour, "How to Be Prepared if Roe v. Wade Is Overturned," 22 Jan. 2019 Anything is possible in this country, even for someone who is not handy, to start one of the greatest chains in this area in human history. Fox News, "Ken Langone on preventing Hurricane Florence price gouging," 12 Sep. 2018 Now, here's a handy tool that'll speed up the process. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "This Pocket-Sized Gadget Airs Down Your Tires For Off-Roading in Seconds," 9 Jan. 2019 In fact, this ottoman sofa bed available on Amazon actually adds a nice, simple aesthetic to a room—while also being super handy as a place for your guests to crash. Maya Mcdowell, House Beautiful, "Believe It: This Small Ottoman Turns Into A Sofa Bed," 25 Jan. 2019 One college-age reviewer raves about the value and includes this handy tip: Hold onto the bag that the set comes in, then use it to store all the pieces when moving out. Nicole Saporita, Good Housekeeping, "The 5 Best Bed-in-a-Bag Sets You Can Buy," 24 Dec. 2018 So refer to our handy 2018 Fall Foliage Map to find when the brightest leaves will pop up in your region, then fill up the tank for one of the below drives (organized from west to east) the family won't forget. Juliet Izon, Woman's Day, "The 12 Most Scenic Drives in the Country to Add to Your Bucket List ASAP," 4 Dec. 2018 Here's a handy tip, too: all bourbon is whiskey, but not all whiskey is bourbon. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "How to Drink Whiskey: A Complete Guide," 1 Oct. 2018 Have a working garden hose or bucket of water handy. Sarah Brookbank, Cincinnati.com, "Fourth of July: Best tips to stay safe when using fireworks," 4 July 2018

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First Known Use of handy

Adjective

circa 1525, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of handy was circa 1525

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handy

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of handy

: very useful or helpful
: near or close
: clever or skillful in using your hands, doing small jobs, etc.

handy

adjective
\ ˈhan-dē How to pronounce handy (audio) \
handier; handiest

Kids Definition of handy

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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