adjective, handier, handiest.
within easy reach; conveniently available; accessible: The aspirins are handy.
convenient or useful: A typewriter is a handy thing to have in the house.
skillful with the hands; deft; dexterous: a handy person.
easily maneuvered: a handy ship.

1275–1325; Middle English (in surnames); see hand, -y1

handiness, noun

3. all-round; versatile. See dexterous. 4. manageable, wieldy; yare.
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W(illiam) C(hristopher) 1873–1958, U.S. blues composer.
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handy (ˈhændɪ)
adj , handier, handiest
1.  conveniently or easily within reach
2.  easy to manoeuvre, handle, or use: a handy tool
3.  skilful with one's hands

Handy (ˈhændɪ)
W(illiam) C(hristopher). 1873--1958, US blues musician and songwriter, esp noted for the song "St Louis Blues"

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Example sentences for handy
For the convenience of travellers, they are in a handy format and in small print.
Later, the first ciboria were kept at homes to be handy for the last rites where needed.
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