Definition of handy adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈhændi//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhændi//
    (handier, handiest) (informal) House location
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  1. 1easy to use or to do synonym useful a handy little tool handy hints/tips for removing stains a handy-sized dictionary
  2. 2[not before noun] located near to somebody/something; located or stored in a convenient place Always keep a first-aid kit handy. Have you got a pen handy? handy (for something/for doing something) (British English) Our house is very handy for the station. See related entries: House location
  3. 3[not before noun] skilful in using your hands or tools to make or repair things to be handy around the house to be handy with a sewing machine
  4. see also handily
    Extra examples Always keep a cloth handy to wipe up any mess. I advise you to buy one—it may come in handy one day. Lucy is quite handy with a drill! My new house is very handy for the station. The arrangement was handy for both of us. The house was near Drury Lane, very handy for the theatre. Take your penknife—you never know when it might come in handy. The introductory booklet contains some handy tips for getting started. The wire brush is very handy for cleaning up old iron and steel.Idioms (informal) to be useful The extra money came in very handy. Don't throw that away—it might come in handy.
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