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

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The app is only handy if others are using the same language as you, of course. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "These Guys Mapped Out Every 3-Meter Square on Earth with a Unique Three-Word Phrase," 4 Sep. 2019 Lacing techniques can also be handy for temporary problems, like a black toenail that came from a long weekend of wearing brutally high heels. Alexa Tucker, SELF, "6 Lacing Hacks to Make Your Running Shoes Way More Comfortable," 8 May 2019 Big bowls aren’t just handy for dressing salads, though. Sarah Jampel, Bon Appétit, "Your Kitchen Needs One Really Big Bowl," 11 Sep. 2019 First, use one side of this handy device to gently force oil and debris out of your pores. Deanna Pai, Glamour, "6 Super-Satisfying Ways to Clean Out Your Pores," 4 Sep. 2019 Readers, magnetic jewelry is handy, but there may be reasons magnets are not widely used on jewelry. Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: Who’s liable for missing package?," 3 Sep. 2019 These handy devices hook up to car batteries and convert 12-volt direct current into 120-volt AC current. Doreen Christensen, sun-sentinel.com, "How to survive Hurricane Dorian like a true Florida native: Buy booze | Christensen," 29 Aug. 2019 The various fast-charging technologies out there are very handy when you're pushed for time. David Nield, WIRED, "How To Get the Most Out of Your Smartphone Battery," 25 Aug. 2019 Potter, who is handy, did it for no charge and felt great about it. Allison Klein, Anchorage Daily News, "Pittsburgh man known for acts of kindness donates kidney," 24 Aug. 2019

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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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