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Handy definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

HAND'Y, a.
1. Performed by the hand.
They came to handy blows.
2. Dexterous; ready; adroit; skilled to use the hands with ease in performance; applied to persons. He is handy with the saw or the place. Each is handy in his way.
3. Ingenious; performing with skill and readiness.
4. Ready to the hand; near. My books are very handy.
5. Convenient; suited to the use of the hand.
6. Near; that may be used without difficulty or going to a distance. We have a spring or pasture that is handy.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: easy to reach; "found a handy spot for the can opener" [syn: handy, ready to hand]
2: easy to use; "a handy gadget"
3: skillful with the hands; "handy with an axe" n
1: United States blues musician who transcribed and published traditional blues music (1873-1958) [syn: Handy, W. C. Handy, William Christopher Handy]

Merriam Webster's

adjective (handier; -est) Date: 1650 1. a. conveniently near b. convenient for use c. of a ship easily handled 2. clever in using the hands especially in a variety of useful ways <handy with a hammer as well as with a paintbrush> • handiness noun

Merriam Webster's

biographical name W(illiam) C(hristopher) 1873-1958 American blues musician

Oxford Reference Dictionary

adj. (handier, handiest) 1 convenient to handle or use; useful. 2 ready to hand; placed or occurring conveniently. 3 clever with the hands. Derivatives: handily adv. handiness n.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Handy Hand"y, a. [Compar. Handier; superl. Handiest.] [OE. hendi, AS. hendig (in comp.), fr. hand hand; akin to D. handig, Goth. handugs clever, wise.] 1. Performed by the hand. [Obs.] To draw up and come to handy strokes. --Milton. 2. Skillful in using the hand; dexterous; ready; adroit. ``Each is handy in his way.'' --Dryden. 3. 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. (Naut.) Easily managed; obedient to the helm; -- said of a vessel.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(handier, handiest) 1. Something that is handy is useful. Credit cards can be handy–they mean you do not have to carry large sums of cash. ADJ 2. If something comes in handy, it is useful in a particular situation. The $20 check came in very handy. PHRASE: V inflects 3. A thing or place that is handy is nearby and therefore easy to get or reach. It would be good to have a pencil and paper handy... ADJ: usu v-link ADJ 4. Someone who is handy with a particular tool is skilful at using it. (INFORMAL) If you're handy with a needle you could brighten up your sweater with giant daisies. ADJ: v-link ADJ with n

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

a. 1. Dexterous, adroit, ready, expert, skilful, skilled, clever. 2. Convenient, near, at hand, close at hand.

Moby Thesaurus

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