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

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
Recent Examples on the Web Your handyman has a busy summer ahead of him, which is why this easy-to-read tape measure is a must-have in his tool kit. Annie O’sullivan, Good Housekeeping, 20 Apr. 2022 Shortly after finding the body, deputies arrested her handyman, Keoki Hilo Demich, who was charged with second-degree murder. CBS News, 7 Mar. 2022 Most of the people were found dead in their apartments at independent living communities for older people, where Chemirmir has been accused of forcing his way into apartments or posing as a handyman. NBC News, 28 Apr. 2022 Bonola had worked as a handyman at Gaal’s home for about two years, police said. Washington Post, 21 Apr. 2022 Whether between Lisa’s mother (Ursina Lardi) and a handyman or between young mover Jan (Flurin Giger) and the young women, these relatable souls all try fighting solitude, or the prospect of it. Carlos Aguilar, Los Angeles Times, 14 Apr. 2022 But stud finders are imperfect tools that could lead a handyman to drill where there is no stud; also a drill bit could skid and leave a deep scratch in the Corian. Washington Post, 28 Mar. 2022 For in-person handyman and home tasks, consider a Task Rabbit gift card. New York Times, 4 Nov. 2021 In a small but unsettling comic role, Willie Best plays Algernon, a superstitious young handyman at the camp. Kristin M. Jones, WSJ, 9 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of handyman

1742, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of handyman was in 1742

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18 May 2022

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“Handyman.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/handyman. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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