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[doo-i-cher-self, -it-yer-] /ˈdu ɪ tʃərˈsɛlf, -ɪt yər-/
of or designed for construction or use by amateurs without special training:
a do-it-yourself kit for building a radio.
the practice or hobby of building or repairing things for oneself, usually in one's own home.
Origin of do-it-yourself
First recorded in 1950-55
Related forms
do-it-yourselfer, noun Unabridged
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  • For them it was as simple as following a do-it-yourself book.

  • Rick found himself surveying a collection of tools for the do-it-yourself addict.

    The Wailing Octopus Harold Leland Goodwin
  • When a native runs into something serious, that his own do-it-yourself magic can't cope with, he goes to the shoonoo.

    Oomphel in the Sky Henry Beam Piper
British Dictionary definitions for do-it-yourself


  1. the hobby or process of constructing and repairing things oneself
  2. (as modifier): a do-it-yourself kit
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for do-it-yourself

as a modifier, attested by 1941. The expression is much older.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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