adjective, hand·i·er, hand·i·est.

  1. within easy reach; conveniently available; accessible: The aspirins are handy.
  2. convenient or useful: A typewriter is a handy thing to have in the house.
  3. skillful with the hands; deft; dexterous: a handy person.
  4. easily maneuvered: a handy ship.


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

adjective handier or handiest

  1. conveniently or easily within reach
  2. easy to manoeuvre, handle, or usea handy tool
  3. skilful with one’s hands


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

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

see come in handy.

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