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Handy, W. C. Handy, William Christopher Handyadjective
United States blues musician who transcribed and published traditional blues music (1873-1958)
handy, ready to hand(p)adjective
easy to reach
"found a handy spot for the can opener"
easy to use
"a handy gadget"
skillful with the hands
"handy with an axe"
Easy to use, useful.
Some people regard duct tape as a handy fix-all.
Nearby, within reach.
You wouldn't have a screwdriver handy, would you?
She's very handy - she made all her own kitchen cupboards.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
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.
performed by the hand
skillful in using the hand; dexterous; ready; adroit
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
easily managed; obedient to the helm; -- said of a vessel
Etymology: [OE. hendi, AS. hendig (in comp.), fr. hand hand; akin to D. handig, Goth. handugs clever, wise.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
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
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.
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Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'handy' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3099
The numerical value of handy in Chaldean Numerology is: 7
The numerical value of handy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
Examples of handy in a Sentence
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.
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.
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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.
I always keep a supply of stimulant handy in case I see a snake--which I also keep handy.
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Translations for handy
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- a mà, pràcticCatalan, Valencian
- praktický, po ruce, šikovný, užitečnýCzech
- zur Hand, in Reichweite, praktisch, anstellig, griffbereit, handlichGerman
- diestro, hábil, a mano, práctico, cercaSpanish
- سودمند, ماهر, در دسترسPersian
- taitava, [[käsi#Finnish, käteväFinnish
- commode, pratique, à portée de mainFrench
- deas, goireasach, tapaidhScottish Gaelic
- utile, commodeInterlingua
- comodo, pratico, utileItalian
- bij de hand, handig, binnen handbereikDutch
- dogodny, podręczny, wygodnyPolish
- à mão, fácil, prático, útilPortuguese
- la indemanaRomanian
- уме́лый, удо́бный, кста́ти, ло́вкий, практи́чный, иску́сный, поле́зный, рука, портати́вныйRussian
- спретан, приручан, nadomak, практичанSerbo-Croatian
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