handyman

noun
handy·​man | \ ˈhan-dē-ˌman How to pronounce handyman (audio) \

Definition of handyman

1 : a person who does odd jobs
2 : one competent in a variety of small skills or inventive or ingenious in repair or maintenance work

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Examples of handyman in a Sentence

hired a handyman to paint the porch, clean the gutters, and replace the broken window

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One morning in 2012, a handyman who helped April Kauffman care for her collection of exotic birds showed up at her house tucked away at the end of a cul-de-sac and found his boss lying face down on her bedroom floor. Rick Rojas, New York Times, "Years After Woman’s Murder, Investigators Uncover Plot Fueled by ‘Money, Greed, Drugs’," 26 Jan. 2018 The majority of male characters in Hallmark films hold jobs like a mechanic or handyman, with the occasional artisan in the mix. Lourdes Avila Uribe, Glamour, "What You Can Expect to See in Every Single Hallmark Channel Christmas Movie," 24 Dec. 2018 In 1999, Carole Sund, her teenage daughter Juli, and Juli's friend Silvina Pelosso stayed at Cedar Lodge, where Cary worked as a handyman. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "The True Story Behind Cary Stayner's Murders and His Brother Steven's Legacy," 25 Jan. 2019 And Cullum, the focus of the first act, takes on a cameo role as a local handyman. Tom Titus, latimes.com, "On Theater: Racial tension plays out in two eras in Laguna Playhouse's staging of 'Clybourne Park'," 14 June 2018 Chadwick called 911 from San Diego the next day and said Quee - known as Q.C. – was killed by a handyman who kidnapped him and brought the body along. Fox News, "Millionaire murder suspect eludes capture, so cops launch 'true crime' podcast," 21 Sep. 2018 At age 16, Jerry Torre became the unlikely handyman and close friend to the recluse aunt of Jackie Kennedy Onassis and her daughter who at the time were living in a crumbling East Hampton, N.Y., estate. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, "Jackie Kennedy Onassis was 'horrified' of recluse aunt, cousin living in crumbling Grey Gardens, book claims," 12 Sep. 2018 Pascal is a poacher, a handyman and, for Moll, a madly attractive potential lover. Justin Chang, latimes.com, "Jessie Buckley flirts with danger in the tense, uneven British thriller 'Beast'," 10 May 2018 Two handymen found the victim and called 911 around 7:15 p.m. the same day. Heidi Groover, The Seattle Times, "Tacoma couple arrested in connection with death of 67-year-old Renton man," 26 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of handyman

1742, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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handyman

noun

English Language Learners Definition of handyman

: a person (especially a man) who is skillful at doing small jobs (such as household repairs)

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