Handiest
Handy Hand"y (h[a^]nd"[y^]), a. [Compar. {Handier} (-[i^]*[~e]r); superl. {Handiest}.] [OE. hendi, AS. hendig (in comp.), fr. hand hand; akin to D. handig, Goth. handugs clever, wise.] 1. Performed by the hand. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

To draw up and come to handy strokes. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. Skillful in using the hand; dexterous; ready; adroit. ``Each is handy in his way.'' --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

3. Ready to the hand; near; also, suited to the use of the hand; convenient; valuable for reference or use; as, my tools are handy; a handy volume. [1913 Webster]

4. (Naut.) Easily managed; obedient to the helm; -- said of a vessel. [1913 Webster]


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