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handy (adj.)

c. 1300, "skilled with the hands" (implied in surnames), from hand (n.) + -y (2). Meaning "conveniently accessible" is from 1640s.

updated on May 15, 2015

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Definitions of handy from WordNet
1
handy (adj.)
easy to reach;
found a handy spot for the can opener
Synonyms: ready to hand
handy (adj.)
useful and convenient;
a handy gadget
handy (adj.)
skillful with the hands;
handy with an axe
2
Handy (n.)
United States blues musician who transcribed and published traditional blues music (1873-1958);
Synonyms: W. C. Handy / William Christopher Handy
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