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factotum

[ fak-toh-tuhm ]
/ fækˈtoʊ təm /
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noun

a person, as a handyman or servant, employed to do all kinds of work around the house.
any employee or official having many different responsibilities.

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Origin of factotum

1560–70; <Medieval Latin, equivalent to Latin fac make, do (imperative of facere) + tōtum, neuter of tōtus all
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factotum
/ (fækˈtəʊtəm) /

noun

a person employed to do all kinds of work

Word Origin for factotum

C16: from Medieval Latin, from Latin fac! do! + tōtum, from tōtus (adj) all
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