Definition of handy in English:

handy

adjective

  • 1Convenient to handle or use; useful.

    ‘a handy desktop encyclopedia’
    ‘handy for everyday use’
    • ‘In a field kit, I have a handy Hoppe's screwdriver handle which stores up to 15 bits.’
    • ‘A Local post office is a vital cornerstone to everyday life, a familiar, handy and extremely useful service.’
    • ‘Moreover, the simple justification of the move - as a necessary evil to achieve the noble end of saving the National Health Service - is a handy argument.’
    • ‘Toast your bread as you deem appropriate, either via the broiler or your everyday handy toaster.’
    • ‘While hard copy is convenient and handy for swatting insects and small dogs, it really is both a business and environmental luxury.’
    • ‘This was especially true of those nifty seniors who were loud in their praises of this handy bus service.’
    • ‘It was convenient, it was handy, it had a wonderful index that allowed you to look things up very quickly.’
    • ‘In my childhood the planetary model of the atom was the way we were thinking of matter; now it has become a metaphor or a handy tool, useful under certain conditions.’
    • ‘So at about 12.30 pm we rang the number listed under ‘Sewerage’ in Craven District Council's handy services booklet.’
    • ‘To help enrich your enjoyment, here is a handy glossary of useful terms…’
    • ‘Our modern metric units, like the gram or the centimetre, originate from their handy description of everyday quantities.’
    • ‘More than just pretty, these bowls have a rubber ring on the bottom to prevent slippage plus a handy little handle and pouring spout.’
    • ‘And it comes with this handy song learning function.’
    • ‘Durable and convenient, this handy reference functions as nicely in an open field with a flashlight as it does spread out on a desk.’
    • ‘The editing functions are also handy, offering a range of useful tools.’
    • ‘Nonetheless, this book is a useful and handy reference.’
    • ‘This handy and useful volume, Authors, Texts, Issues, is meant to fill the void by supplying such material.’
    • ‘The Story of Film can be read as a continuous narrative, but will be equally useful as a handy reference to dip into.’
    • ‘There are situations in which a wireless desktop is handy.’
    • ‘Often, as is the case here, it is a handy tool for misdirection or a neat handle from which to hang accusations.’
    useful, convenient, practical, easy-to-use, well-designed, user-friendly, user-oriented, helpful, functional, serviceable, utilitarian
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  • 2Close at hand.

    ‘keep credit cards handy’
    • ‘A friend of mine used to live in Basildon and having visited him several times there I can only say that there were times that I wished I had a Javelin handy.’
    • ‘Indispensable accessories must be handy.’
    • ‘In spite of Mrs Major locking all the doors, back and front and closing all the handy windows… they got in.’
    • ‘Their location suggests that the tablets had just arrived or at least been placed together in a special area for handy access to their information.’
    • ‘The logic is that they would also welcome the handy access to a healthy beverage at the same time.’
    • ‘I assume that there were a couple of Secret Service agents handy, but he didn't seem all that well defended.’
    • ‘At least there's a phone handy to text for an ambulance when they finish up under a 40-tonne truck.’
    • ‘Keep a portable vacuum handy to sweep up loose fibers as you work.’
    • ‘Nobody is going to forget this is an inner-city development, but it is central and handy for the Heathrow Express.’
    • ‘With our prepared boards and favorite thumbnail sketches handy, we were ready to begin.’
    • ‘She also has a handy habit of winning close matches.’
    • ‘They didn't have a handy gauge nearby to tell them how fast they should really be gliding.’
    • ‘For those without handy access to cameras and/or scanners, do your best.’
    • ‘They were the usual Kiwi baches, built from whatever was handy, oddly practical, sometimes quaint.’
    • ‘Cutaways are useful to shoot when on location as they can be used as handy band-aids in editing.’
    • ‘Leave the squeegee in the bath so it is handy to reach the next time you need it.’
    • ‘The advantage of mate eating for the female may be that it provides a conveniently handy source of protein for herself and her offspring.’
    • ‘Some cases may be sales closers, but there are handy profits available in a gun case display.’
    • ‘Since it's coral and you don't have handy access to dead sea creatures, how about treating it like an acronym?’
    readily available, available, at hand, to hand, near at hand, within reach, accessible, ready, close, close by, near, nearby, at the ready, at one's fingertips, at one's disposal, convenient
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    1. 2.1Placed or occurring conveniently.
      ‘a hotel in a handy central location’
      • ‘I spent most of yesterday painting the kitchen, quite a job with only a chair to stand on and a couple of cupboards handy for climbing to reach the roof.’
      • ‘Handforth converted his own try from a handy position to close the gap to 12-6.’
      • ‘This is only a four-minute slippery shuffle from the ski lifts, while also being handy for the resort's centre.’
      • ‘To have such a handy parking spot so close to Croke Park has been a real blessing down through the years.’
      • ‘Its handy location is only walking distance from the town center, beach and all amenities.’
      • ‘If you don't have a ready answer, jot down their question on a handy notepad.’
      • ‘Hull stand-off Danny Washbrook took full advantage to step through and tie up the scores but centre Kirk Dixon couldn't land the conversion from a handy position.’
      • ‘You can even try placing Bibles in handy locations around your home as reminders to feed your spirit every day.’
      • ‘As for horseracing, Clonmel, Thurles, Gowran Park and Cork racecourses are all within a handy drive.’
      • ‘Because of the high-tech nature of the machine it's very handy for us to access it directly.’
      • ‘It sounds like a handy location, but there's a drawback.’
      • ‘This is only part one, so have your bookmark handy.’
      • ‘The council wanted a handy city centre venue where younger mums could share a coffee and discuss matters with other people facing similar challenges.’
      • ‘Some friends got together, and using a handy nearby barbeque, on several occasions provided food to the patrons.’
      • ‘The second entrance beside the Craigieburn Stream offers a handy picnic place close to the road.’
      • ‘We are handy as a regional centre and we don't have tunnel vision.’
      • ‘What's a progressive professor to do if there are no conveniently handy hate crimes on campus to rail against?’
      • ‘It provided a handy local service for the ‘essentials’ over the years and it was always easy to ramble in to them.’
      • ‘It is centrally located and equally handy for the museum.’
      • ‘It was in a handy location, across the street from my first start-up software business.’
  • 3Skillful.

    ‘he's handy with a needle’
    • ‘But Blind Fury - where he plays a blind Vietnam vet who is handy with a samurai sword - is dumb in a good way.’
    • ‘The fast bowler, who is also handy with the bat, was the only youngster from the area to be picked for the county team following trials last month.’
    • ‘She's been handy with the needles and wool since the age of six when her mother first showed her how to use them.’
    • ‘The fact is, if you're handy with the shears you're probably in high demand and not just entertaining tourists at shows.’
    • ‘So if you are handy with a paint brush or a saw, and are willing to muck in for a few hours we would be keen to hear from you.’
    • ‘If you are handy with a jig saw, cut out hearts and stars from thin wood, then paint and hang with raffia for a homespun look, or even easier make your ornaments from salt dough.’
    • ‘The incident appears to have done nothing to dent Labour's poll lead, and may even have been a plus in Labour's heartland areas where being handy with your fists is nothing to be ashamed of.’
    • ‘And, a jig saw or coping saw is just about the only tool you'll need, so don't fret if you are not particularly handy with a hammer and saw.’
    • ‘Clare, who is also handy with the bat and has hit 177 runs so far this campaign, is looking forward to making a name for himself with Lancashire Seconds in an effort to pave a way into the senior side.’
    • ‘Off-screen, Davis also turns out to be handy with weaponry.’
    • ‘So if you're not too handy with a hoe, they'll keep on springing up just when you least expect it.’
    • ‘But, if the girl in my life doesn't like to cook, I have been single for 23 years and have learned to be quite handy with a skillet.’
    • ‘And if you're handy with phone wiring, it could be your big weekend.’
    • ‘If you're handy with a chainsaw you can simply carve a seat with a back support straight out of a large tree trunk.’
    • ‘Level headed, a capable bushman, handy with a rifle and a natural with horses, Harry displayed all the attributes of the cream of Australia's youth.’
    • ‘I was good at that bit, being handy with words and all.’
    • ‘Henry Arnold and Ira Eaker were handy with the pen.’
    • ‘Clearly Ricky Swallow is very handy with a chisel.’
    • ‘He's known to be handy with his fists, has a notorious fondness for fast cars, and now it seems he's a fan of loud music: obviously a prime candidate for an antisocial behaviour order.’
    • ‘He may have been handy with insults, but he was always the kindest, politest, and most generous of colleagues.’
    skilful, skilled, dexterous, deft, nimble-fingered, adroit, practical, able, adept, proficient, capable
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Pronunciation:

handy

/ˈhandē/