hand·y / ˈhandē/ • adj. (hand·i·er , hand·i·est) 1. convenient to handle or use; useful: a handy desktop encyclopedia handy for everyday use. 2. close at hand: keep credit cards handy. ∎ placed or occurring conveniently: a hotel in a handy central location. 3. skillful: he's handy with a needle.PHRASES: come in handy inf. turn out to be useful: the sort of junk that might come in handy one day.DERIVATIVES: hand·i·ly / ˈhandl-ē; ˈhandəlē/ adv.hand·i·ness n.