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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 cell phone handy; found a handy spot for the hammer.
4. Skillful in using one's hands; manually adroit. See Synonyms at dexterous.

hand′i·ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.handiness - skillfulness with the hands; "he can do any sort of work requiring handiness and dexterity"
skillfulness - the state of being cognitively skillful
2.handiness - the quality of being at hand when neededhandiness - the quality of being at hand when needed
convenience - the quality of being useful and convenient; "they offered the convenience of an installment plan"
command - availability for use; "the materials at the command of the potters grew"
print - availability in printed form; "we've got to get that story into print"; "his book is no longer in print"
مُلائَمَه، سُهولَة الإسْتِعْمال
det at være bekvem


[ˈhændɪnɪs] N
1. (= closeness) → proximidad f
the advantage of this house is its handiness for the schoolla ventaja de esta casa es su proximidad a la escuela or lo cerca que queda de la escuela
because of the handiness of the librarydebido a que la biblioteca está tan a mano or queda tan cerca, porque resulta tan cómodo ir a la biblioteca
2. [of tool, gadget] → utilidad f
3. (= skill) → habilidad f, destreza f


(= skill)Geschick nt, → Geschicklichkeit f
(= nearness, accessibility: of shops etc) → günstige Lage
(= convenience, usefulness: of tool, car etc) → Nützlichkeit f; (= easiness to handle)Handlichkeit f


(ˈhӕndi) adjective
1. ready (to use); in a convenient place. I like to keep my tools handy; This house is handy for the shops.
2. easy to use; useful. a handy tool.
ˈhandiness noun
ˈhandyman (ˈmӕn) noun
a man who does jobs, for himself or other people, especially around the house.
come in handy
to be useful. I'll keep these bottles – they might come in handy.
References in classic literature ?
His answer would have been a gruff, "Give me size," as I heard another man reply to a remark praising the handiness of a small vessel.
And, as bandy-legs or such physical deformities in children are held to be the consequence of bad nursing, so, if in a mind so beautiful any moral twist or handiness could be found, Miss Sally Brass's nurse was alone to blame.
He saw, at a glance, that a native adroitness and handiness made the task to her an easier one than it proved to many.
An' I'd better niver ha' had a son, as is like no other body's son for the deftness an' th' handiness, an' so looked on by th' grit folks, an' tall an' upright like a poplar-tree, an' me to be parted from him an' niver see 'm no more.
Stick around and cook us something for dinner," Charles, on his next load in and noting the effects of the old man's handiness, told Tarwater.
He added: "We continue to listen to our customers - they told us they want ultimate convenience and that's what we offer, whether that's through our digital self-order screens, the ease of table service, the handiness of a drive-thru or one of our 24-hour restaurants, click and collect via our app, or home service through McDelivery.
One of the great advantages of the M1 Carbine has always been its handiness.
The uncomplicated technology, handiness, connectivity, and uncompromising quality of Canon EOS M100 are the things that Kathryn loves about her new camera.
By: Egypt Today staff CAIRO -- 30 September 2017: Tamim's heavy handiness intensifies as more opposition voices gear up to fiercely stand against his brutal regime.
The coterie of artists as makers, brought together by the handling of tools in Il fuoco, reinforces the Heideggerian paradigm in light of the German philosopher's ontological distinction between handiness and presence of objects and materials.
In fact, it was an ingenious bolt action (the last to be designed as principal-issue for any major power) that had the advantages of both handiness and simplicity Too, there were some small, interesting innovations that lent the arm a unique elan.
The turning circle is almost comically tight (think black cab handiness in town), and it's a doddle to park.