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handy

[han-dee] /ˈhæn di/
adjective, handier, handiest.
1.
within easy reach; conveniently available; accessible:
The aspirins are handy.
2.
convenient or useful:
A typewriter is a handy thing to have in the house.
3.
skillful with the hands; deft; dexterous:
a handy person.
4.
easily maneuvered:
a handy ship.
Origin
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English (in surnames); see hand, -y1
Related forms
handiness, noun
Synonyms
3. all-round; versatile. See dexterous. 4. manageable, wieldy; yare.
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British Dictionary definitions for handiness

handy

/ˈhændɪ/
adjective handier, handiest
1.
conveniently or easily within reach
2.
easy to manoeuvre, handle, or use a handy tool
3.
skilful with one's hands
Derived Forms
handiness, noun

Handy

/ˈhændɪ/
noun
1.
W(illiam) C(hristopher). 1873–1958, US blues musician and songwriter, esp noted for the song "St Louis Blues"
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Word Origin and History for handiness

handy

adj.

c.1300, "skilled with the hands" (implied in surnames), from hand (n.) + -y (2). Meaning "conveniently accessible" is from 1640s.

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