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adjective American English pronunciation: handy /ˈhændi/ 
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adjectivehandy
comparativehandier
superlativehandiest
  1. 1
    useful
    handy for:

    The book is handy for quick reference.

    a handy electronic diary

    handy hints/tips:

    The article gave many handy hints for decorating a small apartment.

    be handy to do something:

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

  2. 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 to:

    This neighborhood is handy to the local schools (=the schools are not far away).

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

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

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