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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (useful)
a. práctico
With this type of work, it's pretty handy to have a laser tape measure.Para este tipo de trabajo, es muy práctico tener una cinta métrica de láser.
b. útil
This knife is very handy because it has so many different tools.Este cuchillo es muy útil porque tiene muchas herramientas diferentes.
2. (skillful)
a. hábil
It's good to have someone handy around to tend to the various repairs needed in the building.Es bueno tener a alguien hábil que se ocupe de los diversos arreglos necesarios en el edificio.
b. habilidoso
Her husband isn't too bright, but at least he's handy around the house.Su marido no tiene muchas luces, pero por lo menos es habilidoso para los arreglos de la casa.
c. mañoso
My dad is really handy; he's always finding clever ways of putting excess materials to use.Mi papá es muy mañoso; siempre encuentra maneras creativas de aprovechar los materiales de sobra.
d. diestro
I'm not very handy, but I can at least use a hammer or a screwdriver.No soy muy diestro, pero por lo menos sé usar un martillo o un destornillador.
3. (accessible)
a. a mano
Do you have a pencil handy?¿Tienes un lápiz a mano?
b. cerca (location)
That is a great hotel, very handy for the airport.Ese hotel es excelente y está muy cerca del aeropuerto.
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (useful)
a. práctico(a), útil
to come in handyvenir bien
2. (conveniently situated)
a. bien situado(a)
the flat is very handy for the shopsel piso queda muy cerca de las tiendas
3. (within reach)
a. a mano
have you got a pen handy?¿tienes un bolígrafo a mano?
4. (skillful)
a. habilidoso(a)
b. mañoso(a)
Regionalism used in Spain
he's very handy in the kitchense le da muy bien la cocina or cocinar
she's very handy with a paintbrushes muy hábil con la brocha
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handy [ˈhændɪ]
handier (comparative)handiest (superlative)
1 (at hand) [+scissors, book] a mano; (conveniently close) [+shops, station] cerca; a mano
have you got a pen handy? ¿tienes un bolígrafo a mano?
the underground is very handy
our house is handy for the shops nuestra casa está or queda cerca de las tiendas; to keep sth handy tener algo a mano
2 (useful) [+tool, gadget, hint] práctico; útil
credit cards can be handy las tarjetas de crédito pueden resultar muy prácticas or útiles; it turned out rather handy that the trip was cancelled nos vino bastante bien que cancelasen el viaje; to come in handy venir muy bien; ser muy útil; the cheque came in very handy el cheque nos vino muy bien
3 (skilful) [+carpenter, mechanic] hábil; diestro
he's handy around the home es un manitas en la casa
she's handy in the kitchen
to be handy with sth: she's handy with a paint brush/needle es muy mañosa para la pintura/costura; se le da muy bien la pintura/costura
he was handy with an axe he's too handy with his fists!
to be handy with a gun saber manejar una pistola; to be handy with one's fists saber pelear; saber defenderse con los puños
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