What does handy mean?

Definitions for handy
ˈhæn dihandy

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Handy, W. C. Handy, William Christopher Handyadjective

    United States blues musician who transcribed and published traditional blues music (1873-1958)

  2. handy, ready to hand(p)adjective

    easy to reach

    "found a handy spot for the can opener"

  3. handyadjective

    easy to use

    "a handy gadget"

  4. handyadjective

    skillful with the hands

    "handy with an axe"

Wiktionary

  1. handyadjective

    Easy to use, useful.

    Some people regard duct tape as a handy fix-all.

  2. handyadjective

    Nearby, within reach.

    You wouldn't have a screwdriver handy, would you?

  3. handyadjective

    dexterous, skilful

    She's very handy - she made all her own kitchen cupboards.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Handyadjective

    Etymology: from hand.

    Proudly vaunting, that although they were but few, yet they would easily overthrow the great numbers of them, if ever they came to handy blows. Richard Knolles, Hist. of the Turks.

    Both parties now were drawn so close,
    Almost to come to handy blows. Hudibras, p. i. cant. 3.

    She stript the stalks of all their leaves; the best
    She cull’d, and them with handy care she drest. Dryden.

    The servants wash the platter, scour the plate;
    And each is handy in his way. Dryden.

    The strike-block is a plane shorter than the jointer, and is more handy than the long jointer. Joseph Moxon, Mech. Exer.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Handy

    performed by the hand

  2. Handy

    skillful in using the hand; dexterous; ready; adroit

  3. Handy

    ready to the hand; near; also, suited to the use of the hand; convenient; valuable for reference or use; as, my tools are handy; a handy volume

  4. Handy

    easily managed; obedient to the helm; -- said of a vessel

  5. Etymology: [OE. hendi, AS. hendig (in comp.), fr. hand hand; akin to D. handig, Goth. handugs clever, wise.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Handy

    han′di, adj. dexterous: ready to the hand: convenient: near.—adv. Hand′ily.—ns. Handi′ness; Hand′y-man, a man for doing odd jobs.

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'handy' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3099

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of handy in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of handy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of handy in a Sentence

  1. W. C. Fields:

    I always keep a supply of stimulant handy in case I see a snake--which I also keep handy.

  2. Heidi Carrico:

    If I see the offer has a bunch of water, toilet paper, handy wipes, I don't accept it because customers are rating people low because they can't get items that were out of stock or are limited supply.

  3. Army Veteran Allen Abshire:

    I would have tried to do it myself cause I’m pretty handy, but I know I couldn’t have done all this.

  4. Martin Lee:

    This is an ancient, colonial set of regulations, and Christopher Cheung don't use them unless Christopher Cheung can't legislate anymore. Once Christopher Cheung start, there's no end to it. She could even invoke Article 23 under this, that gives her justification - I need more police powers, I need more draconian laws - it's so handy. She is completely destroying the rule of law. Only the government can really harm the rule of law, citizens can not.

  5. Cree Summer:

    I was an only child for 10 years, I didn't start school until 8, and I didn't have a TV for years. So I found all these voices when playing with my toys. They're really my toys' voices. Schizophrenia comes in handy.

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