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Meaning of handy in English

The real-time heat of live performing is an especially handy crucible for raising awareness and provoking people to action.

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The 2002 revision is, indeed, more current, handier and more affordable than its predecessor.


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Our own approach is handy in that it allows to reason on both time points and time intervals.

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There is little here to recommend this book for graduate student readings, classroom discussion or as a handy reference book for the researcher.

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Even researchers familiar with the body of work reviewed will find it handy to have as a reference.

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Like motherese, syntax is a handy tool to have, but you can get along fine without it.

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The book should therefore be seen as a comprehensive and handy collection of the results of approximately ten years of extensive research.

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Contributing to the novice friendly nature of the book there is a wealth of tables and statistical infromation, in addition to handy time-lines.

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Handy's version shares the melody, but the lyrics are different.


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Overall, this is a beautifully crafted dictionary, handy if slightly heavy, with attractive presentation and reliable content.

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Not only are call-backs easily implemented by means of closures, but we have also found that closures are handy to implement pre-existing data structure visualization.

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His successors, however, often invoked group selection uncritically whenever it came in handy or seemed intuitively correct.

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Meaning of handy in English:


Pronunciation /ˈhandi/

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adjectiveadjective handier, adjective handiest

  • 1Convenient to handle or use; useful.

    ‘a handy desktop encyclopedia’

    • ‘the brush is handy for vacuuming stubborn dust and dirt’
    • ‘A Local post office is a vital cornerstone to everyday life, a familiar, handy and extremely useful service.’
    • ‘Durable and convenient, this handy reference functions as nicely in an open field with a flashlight as it does spread out on a desk.’
    • ‘To help enrich your enjoyment, here is a handy glossary of useful terms…’
    • ‘The Story of Film can be read as a continuous narrative, but will be equally useful as a handy reference to dip into.’
    • ‘Nonetheless, this book is a useful and handy reference.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In a field kit, I have a handy Hoppe's screwdriver handle which stores up to 15 bits.’
    • ‘More than just pretty, these bowls have a rubber ring on the bottom to prevent slippage plus a handy little handle and pouring spout.’
    • ‘It was convenient, it was handy, it had a wonderful index that allowed you to look things up very quickly.’
    • ‘This handy and useful volume, Authors, Texts, Issues, is meant to fill the void by supplying such material.’
    • ‘There are situations in which a wireless desktop is handy.’
    • ‘The editing functions are also handy, offering a range of useful tools.’
    • ‘This was especially true of those nifty seniors who were loud in their praises of this handy bus service.’
    • ‘Toast your bread as you deem appropriate, either via the broiler or your everyday handy toaster.’
    • ‘Our modern metric units, like the gram or the centimetre, originate from their handy description of everyday quantities.’
    • ‘While hard copy is convenient and handy for swatting insects and small dogs, it really is both a business and environmental luxury.’
    • ‘Often, as is the case here, it is a handy tool for misdirection or a neat handle from which to hang accusations.’
    • ‘So at about 12.30 pm we rang the number listed under ‘Sewerage’ in Craven District Council's handy services booklet.’
    • ‘And it comes with this handy song learning function.’
    • ‘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.’

    useful, convenient, practical, easy-to-use, well designed, user-friendly, user-oriented, helpful, functional, serviceable, utilitarian

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  • 2Ready to hand.

    ‘keep credit cards handy’

    • ‘With our prepared boards and favorite thumbnail sketches handy, we were ready to begin.’
    • ‘She also has a handy habit of winning close matches.’
    • ‘For those without handy access to cameras and/or scanners, do your best.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Indispensable accessories must be handy.’
    • ‘Leave the squeegee in the bath so it is handy to reach the next time you need it.’
    • ‘Since it's coral and you don't have handy access to dead sea creatures, how about treating it like an acronym?’
    • ‘Some cases may be sales closers, but there are handy profits available in a gun case display.’
    • ‘The logic is that they would also welcome the handy access to a healthy beverage at the same time.’
    • ‘They didn't have a handy gauge nearby to tell them how fast they should really be gliding.’
    • ‘Nobody is going to forget this is an inner-city development, but it is central and handy for the Heathrow Express.’
    • ‘The advantage of mate eating for the female may be that it provides a conveniently handy source of protein for herself and her offspring.’
    • ‘Cutaways are useful to shoot when on location as they can be used as handy band-aids in editing.’
    • ‘I assume that there were a couple of Secret Service agents handy, but he didn't seem all that well defended.’
    • ‘Keep a portable vacuum handy to sweep up loose fibers as you work.’
    • ‘They were the usual Kiwi baches, built from whatever was handy, oddly practical, sometimes quaint.’
    • ‘At least there's a phone handy to text for an ambulance when they finish up under a 40-tonne truck.’
    • ‘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.’

    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’

      • ‘It sounds like a handy location, but there's a drawback.’
      • ‘What's a progressive professor to do if there are no conveniently handy hate crimes on campus to rail against?’
      • ‘You can even try placing Bibles in handy locations around your home as reminders to feed your spirit every day.’
      • ‘Its handy location is only walking distance from the town center, beach and all amenities.’
      • ‘It was in a handy location, across the street from my first start-up software business.’
      • ‘The council wanted a handy city centre venue where younger mums could share a coffee and discuss matters with other people facing similar challenges.’
      • ‘We are handy as a regional centre and we don't have tunnel vision.’
      • ‘It is centrally located and equally handy for the museum.’
      • ‘This is only a four-minute slippery shuffle from the ski lifts, while also being handy for the resort's centre.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘As for horseracing, Clonmel, Thurles, Gowran Park and Cork racecourses are all within a handy drive.’
      • ‘The second entrance beside the Craigieburn Stream offers a handy picnic place close to the road.’
      • ‘To have such a handy parking spot so close to Croke Park has been a real blessing down through the years.’
      • ‘Handforth converted his own try from a handy position to close the gap to 12-6.’
      • ‘Because of the high-tech nature of the machine it's very handy for us to access it directly.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘If you don't have a ready answer, jot down their question on a handy notepad.’
      • ‘Some friends got together, and using a handy nearby barbeque, on several occasions provided food to the patrons.’
      • ‘It provided a handy local service for the ‘essentials’ over the years and it was always easy to ramble in to them.’
      • ‘This is only part one, so have your bookmark handy.’
  • 3Skilful.

    ‘he's handy with a needle’

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Clearly Ricky Swallow is very handy with a chisel.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He may have been handy with insults, but he was always the kindest, politest, and most generous of colleagues.’
    • ‘I was good at that bit, being handy with words and all.’
    • ‘Off-screen, Davis also turns out to be handy with weaponry.’
    • ‘The fact is, if you're handy with the shears you're probably in high demand and not just entertaining tourists at shows.’
    • ‘And if you're handy with phone wiring, it could be your big weekend.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But Blind Fury - where he plays a blind Vietnam vet who is handy with a samurai sword - is dumb in a good way.’
    • ‘If you're handy with a chainsaw you can simply carve a seat with a back support straight out of a large tree trunk.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She's been handy with the needles and wool since the age of six when her mother first showed her how to use them.’
    • ‘So if you're not too handy with a hoe, they'll keep on springing up just when you least expect it.’
    • ‘Henry Arnold and Ira Eaker were handy with the pen.’
    • ‘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.’

    skilful, skilled, dexterous, deft, nimble-fingered, adroit, practical, able, adept, proficient, capable

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nounplural noun handies

  • (in Europe) a mobile phone.

    • ‘But if you can manage not to ask questions about why they don't just use their mobiles/cell phones / handies, or why they don't just use email, this doesn't matter.’


    come in handy
    • Turn out to be useful.

      • ‘the sort of junk that might come in handy one day’
      • ‘The cameras ensure responsible behaviour among students and prompt them to be in their limits, besides coming in handy to produce evidence against the erring.’
      • ‘The march of the present policies are already creating fertile ground for the squads, who for mere biological survival will be coming in handy to be used as foot soldiers of Hindutva-sponsored violence.’
      • ‘The headphones are certainly coming in handy… although I probably look like an idiot dancing around the apartment.’
      • ‘Illustrated leaflets in colour, designed by NATPAC, are also coming in handy for the Traffic Police.’
      • ‘But more celebrations are lined up for Wednesday with a holiday coming in handy.’
      • ‘There are some great links here… lots of stuff I can see coming in handy when Alex gets a bit older.’
      • ‘This comes in handy when one is playing Trivial Pursuit or when trying to make a family member feel guilty for some past transgressions.’
      • ‘From 1981 to 1987 he was chief executive of Channel 4, which no doubt comes in handy when you need to call in a camera crew to help with your cause.’
      • ‘The browser can zero in on an individual association by using the alphabet or name search, a facility which comes in handy when one is not quite sure of the exact name.’
      • ‘Some of the typical Linux utilities come in very handy when developing a project.’
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within easy reach; conveniently available; accessible: The aspirins are handy.

convenient or useful: A typewriter is a handy thing to have in the house.

skillful with the hands; deft; dexterous: a handy person.

easily maneuvered: a handy ship.



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Origin of handy

First recorded in 1275–1325; Middle English (in surnames); see hand, -y1



Words nearby handy

handwrite, handwriting, handwriting on the wall, handwritten, handwrought, handy, handy-andy, handy-dandy, handyman, handyman's special, handyperson

Other definitions for handy (2 of 2)



W(illiam) C(hristopher), 1873–1958, U.S. blues composer.

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Words related to handy

accessible, convenient, available, close by, profitable, useful, helpful, practical, neat, practicable, manageable, ready, close, central, fit, expert, adjacent, at hand, near, close-at-hand

How to use handy in a sentence

  • The latest information on travel requirements, coronavirus test results and someday perhaps, proof of vaccinations — all available in one handy place.

    Digital health passports promise to simplify travel, but come with a lack of standards|Lori Aratani|February 26, 2021|Washington Post

  • This handy combo tool often comes with an extended, easy-grip handle that allows you to clear the windshield of compact cars and oversize SUVS equally well.

    Best ice scraper: Hassle-free ways to get rid of snow and ice|PopSci Commerce Team|February 26, 2021|Popular-Science

  • Our handy guide will give you five points to consider when buying a case for your iPhone 12, so whether you’re focused on functionality, protection from the harshest conditions, or pure style, we’ll help you find the right case.

    Best iPhone cases for protection and style|PopSci Commerce Team|February 26, 2021|Popular-Science

  • They also come in handy if you aren’t quite ready to commit to a particular space or to putting in the time to select the perfect piece of furniture.

    Best home office desk: Standing desks, office tables, and more|PopSci Commerce Team|February 25, 2021|Popular-Science

  • If—or, as Padnos assures us, when—Islamist terror makes its spectacular return, Blindfold will be a handy reference.

    Islamist Terrorism Is Not Done With Us, Warns Former al Qaeda Hostage Theo Padnos|Karl Vick|February 25, 2021|Time

  • There was a handy distraction in the Che t-shirt the tourist was wearing while celebrating the death.

    The Life and Hard Times Of The Family A Cuban Defector Left Behind|Brin-Jonathan Butler|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST

  • Before Cuba was shunned and sanctioned, it was a handy place for the randy.

    Will Hyman Roth Return to Havana With Normalized Relations?|John L. Smith|December 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST

  • You should look at our summary of benefits,” she continued, directing me to a handy online chart of “coverage examples.

    Despite ObamaCare, US Health System Still a Complete Mess|Molly Worthen|October 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST

  • Again, that pre-communion questionnaire sin litmus test might prove handy.

    The Great Divide Facing Pope Francis That Only Catholics Understand|Barbie Latza Nadeau|September 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST

  • She also was handy, hammering nails into walls and using a heat gun to chisel glue off the floor.

    The Wonderful Weirdness of Christine McConnell, Queen of Creepy Cookies|Tim Teeman|July 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST

  • She was so handy with a needle, and allus ready to cut out calico dingusses that the peon gals could sew up.

    Alec Lloyd, Cowpuncher|Eleanor Gates

  • Half frantic, I dashed forward, snatching as I did so a rapier from the wall, the only weapon handy.

    Uncanny Tales|Various

  • Anything thats handy, miss; dont put yourself out of the way on our accounts.

    Oliver Twist, Vol. II (of 3)|Charles Dickens

  • He had got so that he felt a little lonely when he didn't have Louis the Goon right handy.

    Hooded Detective, Volume III No. 2, January, 1942|Various

  • As a preliminary to his courting trip, Bill took a drink from a bottle that he kept handy in his corner.

    Mystery Ranch|Arthur Chapman

British Dictionary definitions for handy (1 of 2)


conveniently or easily within reach

easy to manoeuvre, handle, or usea handy tool

skilful with one's hands

Derived forms of handy

handiness, noun

British Dictionary definitions for handy (2 of 2)


W (illiam) C (hristopher). 1873–1958, US blues musician and songwriter, esp noted for the song "St Louis Blues"

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Other Idioms and Phrases with handy

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Someone who's handy is skilled and clever, especially when it comes to making or fixing things. If you're handy in the kitchen, you're a good cook.

A carpenter tends to be handy with a saw or a hammer, and if you're good at sewing, you're handy with a needle and thread. Another meaning of handy is "useful" or "convenient." Your laptop is handy because you use it for all kinds of things, and your smartphone is handy because you always keep it in your pocket — it's right there when you need it.

Definitions of handy

  1. adjective

    skillful with the hands

    handy with an axe”


    quick or skillful or adept in action or thought

  2. “a handy gadget”


    suited to your comfort or purpose or needs

  3. “found a handy spot for the can opener”

    synonyms:ready to hand

    capable of being reached

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Dictionary handy

"Put my finger there" - he asked me in a whisper. I could not do this with my manicure, at least I was afraid. "I have a manicure, long nails, I'm afraid to hurt you" - I quietly answered him. I continued to massage his hole, and he moved his hips. "Think of something" - his tone was pleading.

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That made their way through the clouds and warm enough weather, when you do not need to wear a warm sweater and a heavy coat, but you can limit yourself to a light enough a raincoat, a thin jacket and a skirt. Thin tights on beautiful, as all the friends told Anna, you don't need to hide your legs in boots - just low.

Boots are enough. Anna was going to walk along the streets of Manhattan for a long time and, naturally, the low heel was just the way. The symbolic word Broadway attracted with its melodic sound.

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To my bed, bent over to me she smelled of alcohol, candy, shower gel made from flower nectar and a man. she smelled of passionate sex. My cock got up on a new one. And Aunt Lena just pulled the blanket over my hips and touched my ass with her hands. And she whispered - "Sleep dear, I know you are a treasure.

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