handy

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English, alteration of earlier hendi (handy, skillful), from Old English hendiġ (skillful) (as in listhendiġ (skilled in art)), from Proto-Germanic *handugaz (handy, skillful, nimble), from *handuz (hand), equivalent to hand +‎ -y. Cognate with Middle Low German handich (skillful, apt), Middle High German handec, hendec (manual, hand-held), Old Norse hǫndugr (efficient), Gothic 𐌷𐌰𐌽𐌳𐌿𐌲𐍃 (handugs, wise, clever).

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Adjective[edit]

handy (comparative handier, superlative handiest)

  1. Easy to use, useful.
    Some people regard duct tape as a handy fix-all.
  2. Nearby, within reach.
    You wouldn’t have a screwdriver handy, would you?
  3. (dialect) dexterous, skilful
    She's very handy - she made all her own kitchen cupboards.

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Scots[edit]

Adjective[edit]

handy (comparative handier, superlative handiest)

  1. handy
  2. dexterous, skilful
  3. amenable (of an animal)