[doo-i-cher-self, -it-yer-]


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 formsdo-it-your·self·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for do-it-yourself

handmade, homegrown, homespun, natural, handcrafted

Examples from the Web for do-it-yourself

Contemporary Examples of do-it-yourself

Historical Examples of do-it-yourself

  • 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 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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