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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"


  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.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. HANDY

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Handy is ranked #2482 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Handy surname appeared 14,537 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 5 would have the surname Handy.

    55.4% or 8,064 total occurrences were White.
    36.3% or 5,289 total occurrences were Black.
    4.1% or 599 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.7% or 401 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.7% or 108 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.5% or 78 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

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

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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. Elon Musk:

    We have this handy fusion reactor in the sky called the sun. You don't have to do anything, it just works. Shows up everyday and produces ridiculous amounts of power.

  2. Howard Means:

    Terry Norman is in a sense the second gunman on the grassy knoll ... He's been kind of a handy bogeyman or a red herring.

  3. onlineibusiness:

    10 QUESTIONS SMALL BUSINESSES SHOULD ASK WHEN HIRING AN IT SERVICE PROVIDER Based on the premise that small- and medium-sized businesses oftentimes lack specific criteria to go by when seeking to hire an IT services provider for their every day Information Technology needs, the following list is a handy cheat sheet that addresses 10 main questions businesses should ask a potential IT service providers when seeking and comparing IT services:

  4. Kristine Arthur:

    I find that for anyone who has to take pills more than once a day, using a pill box is really handy and it can be very efficient.

  5. W. C. Fields:

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

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