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English definition of “handy”


adjective     /ˈhændi/
USEFUL useful or easy to use: a handy container / tool Useful or advantageous
come in handy informal to be useful at some time in the future : Don't throw those jars away - they might come in handy.Useful or advantageous
NEAR UK informal near to a place : It's a nice house and it's handy for the station .Empty
be handy with sth to be good at using something, usually a tool : He's very handy with a paintbrush .Skilled, talented and able
(Definition of handy adjective from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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