do-it-your·​self ˌdü-i-chər-ˈself How to pronounce do-it-yourself (audio)
often attributive
: 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
do-it-yourselfer noun

Examples of do-it-yourself in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The do-it-yourself nature of their gear demands constant vigilance. Dominique Soguel, The Christian Science Monitor, 12 June 2024 Purchase a portable air cleaner or make a do-it-yourself air filter. Jenna Prestininzi, Detroit Free Press, 31 May 2024 Grocery stores have opened in peoples’ garages, do-it-yourself restaurants offer fine cuisine, and many small family-run casas and Airbnbs have expanded into boutique hotels, many of which are quite sumptuous. Tony Perrottet, Condé Nast Traveler, 21 May 2024 Whether professionals or do-it-yourself tree surgeons, Hopkins advises Kansas City residents to work in pairs when trimming trees. Ilana Arougheti, Kansas City Star, 31 May 2024 Dinner couldn’t be simpler than this do-it-yourself array of food. Lynda Balslev, The Mercury News, 27 May 2024 Even 15 years after that change—and a March 2024 global rebranding that returned the white center to its original squiggly shape—the 2008 design document circulates around social media, prompting viral TikToks, do-it-yourself recreations on graphing calculators, and eliciting genuine shock. Sasha Rogelberg, Fortune, 19 May 2024 Albini was born in California, grew up in Montana, and fell in love with the do-it-yourself punk music scene in Chicago while studying journalism at Northwestern University. Maria Sherman, TIME, 8 May 2024 For instance, the do-it-yourself aspect is overstated: Most plans, for instance, now offer target-date funds, which automatically adjust your asset allocation depending on your age and goals, freeing you from having to continuously readjust your portfolio yourself. Michael Steinberger Malcolm Hillgartner Tanya Pérez Steven Szczesniak, New York Times, 8 May 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1952, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Do-it-yourself.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


: of, relating to, or designed for a person without professional training or help to do or make

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