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[han-dee-man] /ˈhæn diˌmæn/
noun, plural handymen.
a person hired to do various small jobs, especially in the maintenance of an apartment building, office building, or the like.
Origin of handyman
First recorded in 1870-75; handy + man1
Usage note
See -man. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for handyman
Historical Examples
  • You will remember that I asked about the handyman's tool-house?

    Chronicles of Martin Hewitt Arthur Morrison
  • Next to him, longo intervallo, was the Kachin Zinaw who acted as interpreter and handyman.

    A Civil Servant in Burma Herbert Thirkel White
  • “And you might as well name Helen as editor, reporter and first assistant to the handyman,” grinned Tom.

    Helen in the Editor's Chair

    Ruthe S. Wheeler
  • Later on the handyman would come around to swap sanitary tanks under the trailers and Joey would ask him the same question.

British Dictionary definitions for handyman


noun (pl) -men
a man employed to do various tasks
a man skilled in odd jobs, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for handyman

1872, from handy + man (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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