[ 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.

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Origin of do-it-yourself

First recorded in 1950–55

OTHER WORDS FROM do-it-yourself

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

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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
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