adj. hand·i·er, hand·i·est
1. Easily or effectively used; convenient or useful: a handy tool; a handy reference book.
2. Easy to manage or handle. Used of a ship.
3. Readily accessible or convenient in location: kept his cellphone handy; found a handy spot for the hammer.
4. Skillful in using one's hands; manually adroit. See Synonyms at dexterous.
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Indo-European & Semitic Roots Appendices
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