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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That comes in handy when the boys get recognized in public. Julia M. Chan, CNN, "Brothers with special needs star in a world without limits," 14 June 2019 Charlotte's wave also comes in handy when the princess serves as a bridesmaid. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Princess Charlotte Looks Just Like Queen Elizabeth In Her New Birthday Photos," 1 May 2019 This will come in handy as your professional presence is demanded later in the month. Randon Rosenbohm, Allure, "What Your Sign’s May Horoscope Predictions Mean for You," 30 Apr. 2019 The touch capability of the screen comes in handy as well during setup and while browsing music options. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Guidemaster: Want an Alexa device? Here’s every Amazon Echo, compared," 22 Nov. 2018 The boost comes in handy sometimes, but hearing the fans run at full blast, plus the excess heat, forces me not to use it frequently. Stefan Etienne, The Verge, "Razer Blade 15 dual storage review: too much compromise," 8 Nov. 2018 Working 2½ years at Quince, where pasta is a specialty, comes in handy for Hong, as Sorrel’s six pastas are fully realized. Michael Bauer, SFChronicle.com, "Sorrel off to a stellar start in Pacific Heights," 6 July 2018 Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant is a handy, seamless way to listen to music and find out about the weather. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Amazon’s Alexa Has A Clear Favorite – and Some Savage Analysis – for the NBA Finals," 3 June 2018 Better keep your box of tissues handy, because the season of emotional Christmas commercials is just getting started. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "London's Heathrow Airport's New Christmas Commercial Is Here," 8 Nov. 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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