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.
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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Examples from the Web for factotum
Historical Examples of factotum
He is a postmaster of Oughterard, and a kind of factotum in the town.
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.
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
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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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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