Kept his cell phone handy; found a handy spot for the hammer.
A handy tool; a handy reference book.
An example of handy is standing on a chair to reach something high up, because it's close by; a handy chair.
An example of handy is a person who's able to fix anything; a handy man.
A handy device.
Other Word Forms
Origin of handy
- 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 (handugs, “wise, clever”).