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UK [ˈhændɪ] / US adjective
Word forms "handy":
adjective handy comparative handier superlative handiest
1) useful

a handy electronic diary

handy for:

The book is handy for quick reference.

be handy to do something:

It's always handy to have a couple of spare batteries.

handy hints/tips:

The article gave lots of handy hints for decorating a small flat.

2) close to you and therefore easy to reach or get to
keep something handy:

Keep your pills handy just in case you feel seasick.

handy for:

The hotel is handy for the beach.

3) good at doing or making things with your hands
handy with:

He's very handy with a paintbrush (= good at painting).


Derived word:
handiness
noun uncountable

English dictionary. 2014.

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