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English definition of “handy”

handy

adjective uk   /ˈhæn.di/ us  

handy adjective (USEFUL)

C2 useful or convenient: a handy container/tool First-time visitors to France will find this guide particularly handy. It's a nice house and it's handy for (= near) the station.informal Don't throw those bottles away - they'll come in handy (= be useful) for the picnic next Sunday.Useful or advantageous

handy adjective (SKILFUL)

[after verb] able to use something skilfully: Jonathan's good at wallpapering but he's not so handy with a paintbrush. Susannah's very handy (= good at doing things which need skilled use of the hands) about the house.Skilled, talented and able
(Definition of handy from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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