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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Examples of handy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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 The back of the Wingman case works with magnetic phone mounts to keep your phone handy. Jim Rossman, The Seattle Times, "Cases and mounts aim to keep your phone protected and close at hand," 29 Mar. 2019 Elevated trench coats in surprising hues like pale pink or optic white are making a comeback, as are a plethora of patent styles, which will come in especially handy for those rainy April days. Vogue, "Spring Has Sprung! Shop the Best Jackets for the First Day of the Season," 20 Mar. 2019 Flat-pack furniture is designed to make things easier on the not-so-handy among us, but Flint Furniture is taking things to the next level. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "This Furniture Takes 30 Seconds to Assemble, and You Don't Need Any Tools to Build It," 12 Mar. 2019 Besides making your phone easier to hold, a PopSockets grip can act as a handy viewing kickstand. David Pierce, WSJ, "A $10 Accessory Proves Smartphones Are Too Big," 17 Feb. 2019 Those talents came in handy when Fred Trump Jr. died, on Sept. 26, 1981, at age 42 from complications of alcoholism, leaving a son and a daughter. Susanne Craig, The Seattle Times, "Trump engaged in suspect tax schemes as he reaped riches from father," 2 Oct. 2018 The state made a handy list of items that fall under the tax break and a list of things not included. Lainey Seyler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The weirdest things you can get a tax break on during Wisconsin's sales tax holiday in August," 8 June 2018 The National Council of State Housing Agencies has a handy list of agencies to contact. Washington Post, "Don’t let a down payment scare you off," 5 June 2018

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First Known Use of handy

Adjective

circa 1525, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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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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