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[fak-toh-tuh m]
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  1. a person, as a handyman or servant, employed to do all kinds of work around the house.
  2. 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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Historical Examples of factotum

  • He is a postmaster of Oughterard, and a kind of factotum in the town.

    The Martins Of Cro' Martin, Vol. I (of II)

    Charles James Lever

  • He met Gourville, a wit and factotum of the court, and told him of his misfortune.

  • He came, and was factotum with the novelty of a fixed salary.

    White Lies

    Charles Reade

  • He was her factotum, in whom she had greater faith than in any member of her household.

  • Entering the ground, he was confronted by his factotum, the Italian, Silvio.

British Dictionary definitions for factotum


  1. a person employed to do all kinds of work
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Word Origin for factotum

C16: from Medieval Latin, from Latin fac! do! + tōtum, from tōtus (adj) all
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Word Origin and History for factotum


1560s, from Medieval Latin factotum "do everything," from fac, imperative of facere "do" (see factitious) + totum "all" (see total).

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