Definition of handiness:
Naval experience, and waiting on me, had taught Clarence helpfulness and handiness; and though this was the very thing that had appalled his imagination, he seemed, as he said afterwards, 'to have got beyond his fright' to the use of his commonsense.- "Chantry House", Charlotte M. Yonge.
This is peculiarly true of all those varieties which result from increase in handiness, in bow- fire, in height of port, and so forth; and unless I have mis- read our naval history, and misappreciate the character of our naval officers of the present day, the nation will, in the day of trial, obtain the full benefit of these advantages.- "The Sea: Its Stirring Story of Adventure, Peril, & Heroism. Volume 1", Frederick Whymper.
Both he and the younger man, who was in fact a mere boy not yet seventeen, but tall, muscular, sinewy,- stringy, one might say,- of build, were dressed alike in loose hunting- shirts of buckskin, heavily fringed, less for the sake of ornament than the handiness of a selection of thongs always ready to be detached for use; for the same reason the deerskin leggings, reaching to the thighs over the knee- breeches and long stockings of that day, were also furnished with these substantial fringes; shot- pouch and powder- horn were suspended from a leather belt, and on the other side a knife- hilt gleamed close to the body.- "The Story of Old Fort Loudon", Charles Egbert Craddock.