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Learn British English: a “handy” adjective

“Handy” is an adjective which means “very useful”:


“That toolbox you got me for my birthday has proved handy.”

“That’s a handy idea, I think we should do that.”


A handyman is a person (man) who can do many useful things, especially in regards to fixing things in a house.

“We better call the handyman to see if he can fix that.”


“Nifty” can be used in the same way, although you cannot say “niftyman”.


Hoping this has been a handy lesson for you in learning English!

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