do-it-yourself

noun, often attributive
do-it-your·​self | \ ˌdü-i-chər-ˈself How to pronounce do-it-yourself (audio) , ˌdü-it-yər- \

Definition of do-it-yourself

: the activity of doing or making something (as in woodworking or home repair) without professional training or assistance broadly : an activity in which one does something oneself or on one's own initiative

Other Words from do-it-yourself

do-it-yourselfer \ ˌdü-​i-​chər-​ˈsel-​fər How to pronounce do-it-yourself (audio) , ˌdü-​it-​yər-​ \ noun

First Known Use of do-it-yourself

1952, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of do-it-yourself was in 1952

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“Do-it-yourself.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/do-it-yourself. Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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