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

Examples of handy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While careful individuals can likely use this indoors (have a drain hose and some towels handy), it’s meant for outdoor use. Sean Evans, Robb Report, 9 Apr. 2024 There’s also a handy LCD display that clues you in on remaining capacity, recharge time, and power draw for each port. Quentyn Kennemer, The Verge, 5 Apr. 2024 Billboard’s Friday Music Guide serves as a handy guide to this Friday’s most essential releases — the key music that everyone will be talking about today, and that will be dominating playlists this weekend and beyond. Jason Lipshutz, Billboard, 5 Apr. 2024 The best cleansing oil comes in handy when a traditional face wash isn’t enough to get everything off—think a tinted gel cream base, multiple rounds of sunscreen, a swipe (or several) of your favorite blush. Iman Balagam, Vogue, 4 Apr. 2024 However, that soft and cozy material does mean that this one might be a little too heavy for the warmer months (that’s where the Sleep Nest Lite comes in handy). Jessica Booth, Parents, 3 Apr. 2024 The actual time the total solar eclipse takes place will vary based on your location, so be sure to check out NASA’s handy map for exact timing. Kelsie Gibson, Peoplemag, 2 Apr. 2024 Consider having rain gear handy to reduce the risk of being caught off-guard. A. Camden Walker, Washington Post, 31 Mar. 2024 The prestigious Kankakee Country Club is also located nearby, with a private, 18-hole golf course and a swimming pool that could come in handy during the summer season. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 28 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1525, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of handy was circa 1525

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Cite this Entry

“Handy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/handy. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


handier; handiest
: conveniently near
: easily handled or used
a handy sloop
a handy reference book
: clever in using the hands : dexterous
handy with a needle

Biographical Definition


biographical name

Han·​dy ˈhan-dē How to pronounce Handy (audio)
W(illiam) C(hristopher) 1873–1958 American blues musician

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