handyman

noun
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

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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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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 The same goes for handymen, painters, anyone in trade. Carren Jao, latimes.com, "Getting through that condo remodel means taking extra steps," 8 June 2018 The handyman’s hut offers subscribers access to hedge trimmers, chain saws, leaf blowers and other equipment; users pay a flat monthly fee to borrow the tools and return them when they’re done. Philip Delves Broughton, WSJ, "‘Subscribed’ Review: For a Flat Monthly Fee," 17 July 2018 Each member of the family had specific roles; his were trucker and handyman. Annie Martin, OrlandoSentinel.com, "UCF's Dale Whittaker says he will rise to challenge of presidency," 31 Mar. 2018 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

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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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