What does handy mean?

Definitions for handy
ˈhæn dihandy

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word handy.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Handy, W. C. Handy, William Christopher Handy(adj)

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

  2. handy, ready to hand(p)(adj)

    easy to reach

    "found a handy spot for the can opener"

  3. handy(adj)

    easy to use

    "a handy gadget"

  4. handy(adj)

    skillful with the hands

    "handy with an axe"


  1. handy(Adjective)

    Easy to use, useful.

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

  2. handy(Adjective)

    Nearby, within reach.

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

  3. handy(Adjective)

    dexterous, skilful

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

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. Origin: [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

How to pronounce handy?

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  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. Johann von Goethe:

    When ideas fail, words come in very handy.

  2. W. C. Fields:

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

  3. W.C. Fields:

    I like to keep a bottle of stimulant handy in case I see a snake, which I also keep handy.

  4. Christopher Beaucher:

    My hands were so badly burned and I needed help, so I used Siri to call 911, siri came in very handy.

  5. Groucho Marx:

    Money frees you from doing things you dislike. Since I dislike doing nearly everything, money is handy.

Images & Illustrations of handy

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  • полезенBulgarian
  • pràctic, a màCatalan, Valencian
  • po ruce, praktický, šikovný, užitečnýCzech
  • handlich, anstellig, praktisch, zur Hand, in Reichweite, griffbereitGerman
  • hábil, diestro, cerca, a mano, prácticoSpanish
  • در دسترس, سودمند, ماهرPersian
  • [[käsi#Finnish, kätevä, taitavaFinnish
  • commode, à portée de main, pratiqueFrench
  • sástaIrish
  • deas, goireasach, tapaidhScottish Gaelic
  • kéznélHungarian
  • utile, commodeInterlingua
  • bergunaIndonesian
  • pratico, utile, comodoItalian
  • 능숙한Korean
  • utilisLatin
  • bij de hand, handig, binnen handbereikDutch
  • podręczny, wygodny, dogodnyPolish
  • à mão, útil, fácil, práticoPortuguese
  • поле́зный, практи́чный, удо́бный, иску́сный, рука, портати́вный, кста́ти, уме́лый, ло́вкийRussian
  • практичан, nadomak, спретан, приручанSerbo-Croatian

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