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Definition of Handy


  1. Performed by the hand.
  2. Skillful in using the hand; dexterous; ready; adroit.
  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. Easily managed; obedient to the helm; -- said of a vessel.

Handy Quotations

Gossip is certainly one of the things that language is useful for, because it's always handy to know who needs a favor, who can offer a favor, who's available, who's under the protection of a jealous spouse. And being the first to get a piece of gossip is like engaging in insider trading: You can capitalize on an opportunity before anyone else can.
Steven Pinker

It is painful to watch children trying to show off for parents who are engrossed in their cell phones. Children are nostalgic for the 'good old days' when parents used to read to them without the cell phone by their side or watch football games or Disney movies without having the BlackBerry handy.
Sherry Turkle

I always keep a supply of stimulant handy in case I see a snake, which I also keep handy.
W. C. Fields

I have never forgotten my days as an Eagle Scout. I didn't know it at the time, but what really came out of my Scouting was learning how to lead and serve the community. It has come in handy in my career in government.
Lloyd Bentsen

A good farmer is nothing more nor less than a handy man with a sense of humus.
E. B. White
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Handy Translations

handy in Dutch is gemakkelijk, doelmatig, geschikt
handy in German is griffig, handlich, handlich
handy in Italian is utilitario
handy in Norwegian is fingernem, praktisk, bekvem
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