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handyman

[han-dee-man]
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noun, plural hand·y·men.
  1. a person hired to do various small jobs, especially in the maintenance of an apartment building, office building, or the like.
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Origin of handyman

First recorded in 1870–75; handy + man1

Usage note

See -man.
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Examples from the Web for handyman

Historical Examples

  • You will remember that I asked about the handyman's tool-house?

    Chronicles of Martin Hewitt

    Arthur Morrison

  • Next to him, longo intervallo, was the Kachin Zinaw who acted as interpreter and handyman.

    A Civil Servant in Burma

    Herbert Thirkel White

  • “And you might as well name Helen as editor, reporter and first assistant to the handyman,” grinned Tom.

  • Later on the handyman would come around to swap sanitary tanks under the trailers and Joey would ask him the same question.


British Dictionary definitions for handyman

handyman

noun plural -men
  1. a man employed to do various tasks
  2. a man skilled in odd jobs, etc
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Word Origin and History for handyman

n.

1872, from handy + man (n.).

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