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”). Akin to Dutch handig (“handy”), Norwegian hendig (“handy”), Swedish händig (“handy”).
handy (comparative handier, superlative handiest)
- Easy to use, useful.
Some people regard duct tape as a handy fix-all.
- Nearby, within reach.
- Synonyms: at hand
You wouldn’t have a screwdriver handy, would you?
I keep a first-aid kit handy in case of emergency.
- (dialect) dexterous, skilful
- Synonyms: crafty
She's very handy: she made all her own kitchen cupboards.
- Of a freight ship: having a small cargo capacity (less than 40,000 DWT); belonging to the handysize class.
easy to use
- Latin: utilis (la)
- Persian: سودمند (fa)
- Polish: wygodny (pl) m, dogodny (pl) m
- Portuguese: útil (pt), prático (pt)
- Romanian: îndemânatic (ro)
- Russian: удо́бный (ru) (udóbnyj) (convenient, comfortable), поле́зный (ru) (poléznyj) (useful), практи́чный (ru) (praktíčnyj) (practical), портати́вный (ru) (portatívnyj) (portable), кста́ти (ru) (kstáti) (adverbial: to the purpose)
- Scottish Gaelic: goireasach
- Cyrillic: надо̀мак, пра̀ктичан
- Roman: nadòmak (sh), pràktičan (sh)
- Spanish: práctico (es), hábil (es)
- Venetian: còmet (vec)
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