handy·man | \ˈhan-dē-ˌman \

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

called also handyperson

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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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Luthy was getting a few handyman jobs here and there, but wanted to see if Lowe's would hire him. Megan Friedman, Country Living, "A Lowe's Store in Texas Hired a Disabled Veteran – And His Service Dog," 6 Dec. 2016 This 18-in-one tool allows the handyman on your list to carry his toolbox in his wallet. Brianna Steinhilber /, NBC News, "18 last-minute Father's Day gifts for every type of dad (and every budget)," 12 June 2018 But Jeff of All Trades, a Tulsa handyman company, went to the rental store and paid everything Perry owed on the unreturned DVD. BostonGlobe.com, "Emissions issues plague Daimler truck engines," 9 July 2018 But the handyman, 37, was not going to be in trouble only for petit theft (pistols start at under $10 on the retailer's website). Madeleine Marr, miamiherald, "Walmart reported a man putting a BB gun down his shorts. Then a cop looked in his car.," 8 June 2018 Coming from any other handyman, that would have sounded strange. Julia O'malley, Anchorage Daily News, "To a handyman who tried his best to make good," 19 Feb. 2018 The Service Class will likely never be able to drive/shop/handyman enough to rise to the Outer Party, at least not without additional training or skills. Antonio García Martínez, WIRED, "How Silicon Valley Fuels an Informal Caste System," 9 July 2018 HO Garcia, a handyman and father of seven, was well-known in the cockfighting world. David Ovalle, miamiherald, "Who shot the cockfight ref? Secret arena outside Miami was packed but nobody's talking," 12 June 2018 This endeavoring handyman, who goes by Thecrazyframer on YouTube, took to framing an entire 2,300 square foot house without any help and was kind enough to film and explain the process in a series of videos. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Watch One Man Frame an Entire House All By Himself," 20 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of handyman

1742, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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