[ han-dee-man ]
/ ˈhæn diˌmæn /

noun, plural hand·y·men.

a person hired to do various small jobs, especially in the maintenance of an apartment building, office building, or the like.

Nearby words

  1. handwrought,
  2. handy,
  3. handy, w. c.,
  4. handy-andy,
  5. handy-dandy,
  6. handyman's special,
  7. handyperson,
  8. hane,
  9. hanefiyeh,
  10. hanepoot

Origin of handyman

First recorded in 1870–75; handy + man1

Usage note

See -man.

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Examples from the Web for handyman

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

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

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

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

    A Civil Servant in Burma|Herbert Thirkel White

British Dictionary definitions for handyman


/ (ˈhændɪˌmæn) /

noun plural -men

a man employed to do various tasks
a man skilled in odd jobs, etc
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Word Origin and History for handyman



1872, from handy + man (n.).

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