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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 of handy
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.

Handy

[han-dee] /ˈhæn di/
noun
1.
W(illiam) C(hristopher) 1873–1958, U.S. blues composer.
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  • handy Solomon and Pulz laid hand on two of the rifles near by and began surreptitiously to fill their magazines.

    The Mystery Stewart Edward White and Samuel Hopkins Adams
British Dictionary definitions for handy

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 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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