Handy vs Manual – What’s the difference?

Handy vs Manual - What's the difference?
As adjectives the difference between handy and manual is that handy is easy to use, useful while manual is performed with the hands (of an activity). As a noun manual is a handbook.





  • Easy to use, useful.
  • Some people regard duct tape as a handy fix-all .
  • Nearby, within reach.
  • You wouldn’t have a screwdriver handy , would you ?
  • (dialect) dexterous, skilful
  • She’s very handy – she made all her own kitchen cupboards.


    * (useful)
    * (nearby) at hand
    * (skilful) crafty





    (wikipedia manual)

    Alternative forms

    * manuall (obsolete)

    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) manuel, from


    (en noun)

  • A handbook.
  • A booklet that instructs on the usage of a particular machine.
  • (music) A keyboard for the hands on a harpsichord, organ, or other musical instrument.
  • A manual transmission; a gearbox, especially of a motorized vehicle, shifted by the operator.
  • (by synecdoche) A vehicle with a manual transmission.
  • A bicycle technique whereby the front wheel is held aloft by the rider, without the use of pedal foce.
  • Synonyms

    * handbook

    Derived terms

    * reference manual
    * instruction manual
    * user manual
    * user’s manual
    * owners manual
    * owner’s manual

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) manuel, manual, from (etyl) .



  • Performed with the hands (of an activity).
  • * 1897 , Henry James, What Maisie Knew :
  • She gave a wild manual brush to her locks.
  • Operated by means of the hands (of a machine, device etc.).
  • Synonyms



    * automatic

    Derived terms

    * manually

    Coordinate terms

    * , relating to the mouth
    * , relating to the foot