(comparative handier, superlative handiest)
- Easy to use, useful.
- Some people regard duct tape as a handy fix-all.
- Nearby, within reach.
- You wouldn’t have a screwdriver handy, would you?
- (dialect) dexterous, skilful
- She's very handy - she made all her own kitchen cupboards.
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”).