handy

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adjective \ˈhan-dē\

Definition of handy

handier

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handiest

  1. 1a :  conveniently nearb :  convenient for usec of a ship :  easily handled

  2. 2 :  clever in using the hands especially in a variety of useful ways handy with a hammer as well as with a paintbrush

handiness

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Examples of handy in a Sentence

  1. She's handy with a needle and thread.

  2. He's handy around the house.

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First Known Use of handy

circa 1525


Handy

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biographical name Han·dy \ˈhan-dē\

Definition of Handy

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



HANDY Defined for English Language Learners

handy

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adjective

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

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adjective \ˈhan-dē\

Definition of handy for Students

handier

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handiest

  1. 1 :  very useful or helpful a handy tool

  2. 2 :  within easy reach Keep a towel handy.

  3. 3 :  clever or skillful especially with the hands He's handy with a paintbrush.



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