Definition of handy in English:

handy

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Pronunciation: /ˈhandi
 
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adjective (handier, handiest)

noun (plural handies)

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  • (In Europe) a mobile phone.
    More example sentences
    • But if you can manage not to ask questions about why they don't just use their mobiles/cell phones / handies, or why they don't just use email, this doesn't matter.

Phrases

come in handy

informal Turn out to be useful: the sort of junk that might come in handy one day
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  • The cameras ensure responsible behaviour among students and prompt them to be in their limits, besides coming in handy to produce evidence against the erring.
  • The march of the present policies are already creating fertile ground for the squads, who for mere biological survival will be coming in handy to be used as foot soldiers of Hindutva-sponsored violence.
  • The headphones are certainly coming in handy… although I probably look like an idiot dancing around the apartment.

Derivatives

handily

adverb
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  • Which meant I could handily follow them to Poodle and Wool's place.
  • They were handily beaten by the women and frankly, I'm not that disappointed.
  • The Senate handily approved Satcher, but it was over Ashcroft's strenuous objections.

handiness

noun
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  • It is a ‘butcher's block’ bench, simple and easy to construct (given my lack of handiness, it would have to be.)
  • A handiness for visualizing in six dimensions or for abstracting the motion of a pendulum favors an agility of mind but apparently has little to do with anything else.
  • Although Paulette is suffocating under his egotism, there is a great scene in which she watches the great man at work and is entranced by his handiness with a brush and paint.

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