Manual vs Handly – What’s the difference?

Manual vs Handly - What's the difference?
As a noun manual is manual (booklet).

As an adjective handly is of or pertaining to the hand; manual.



(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







  • Of or pertaining to the hand; manual.
  • * 1921 , Peter George Mode, Source book and bibliographical guide for American church history :
  • George W. Greene’s ” Short History of Rhode Island” (1877) is a handly manual but nothing more.
  • * 1971 , World justice: Volume 12:
  • […] Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris published a handly manual in off -set intitled Bibliography — International Migration of Manpower (1).
  • * 2009 , Philip Durkin, The Oxford guide to etymology :
  • The word handly has no asterisk because it is in fact recorded several times in Middle English, and with precisely the meaning ‘manual’.
  • Handy; manageable.
  • * 1859 , The Spectator: Volume 32:
  • The Practical Guide for Italy, comprising the North and Central portions of the Peninsula has just been issued, and fully sustains the established character of the series. It is accompanied with a handly little map illustrative of the war.