Simple Definition of factotum
: a person whose job involves doing many different types of work
Full Definition of factotum
1 : a person having many diverse activities or responsibilities
2 : a general servant
Examples of factotum in a sentence
He was the office factotum.
Did You Know?
"Do everything!" That's a tall order, but it is exactly what a factotum is expected to do. It's also a literal translation of the New Latin term factotum, which in turn traces to the Latin words facere ("to do") and totum ("everything"). In the 16th century, factotum was used in English much like a surname, paired with first names to create personalities such as "Johannes Factotum" (literally "John Do-everything"). Back then, it wasn't necessarily desirable to be called a factotum; the term was a synonym of "meddler" or "busybody." Now the word is more often used for a handy, versatile individual responsible for many different tasks.
Origin of factotum
New Latin, literally, do everything, from Latin fac (imperative of facere do) + totum everything
First Known Use: 1566
Rhymes with factotum
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