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 He had been employed as an electrician and handyman in various homes of the artist in southern France in the early 1970s, fixing an oven and setting up an alarm system in at least one property, among other duties. BostonGlobe.com, "Thus began a nearly 10-year saga in which a lawsuit claimed that the works were “stolen goods”; police began an investigation; courts heard contradictory testimony; and multiple appeals and hearings took the defendants and Picasso’s heirs all the way to France’s top appeals court.," 24 Nov. 2019 Prosecutors depicted Gargiulo as a killer who charmed his female victims as a helpful neighbor and handyman before breaking into their homes and stabbing them to death, according to CNN affiliate KABC. Theresa Waldrop And Sarah Moon, CNN, "Los Angeles jury recommends death penalty for the 'Hollywood Ripper'," 18 Oct. 2019 Days after his husband was hospitalized, Day told a close friend that the couple’s live-in handyman, Daniel Burda, had pushed him to the ground. oregonlive, "2019 in review: A year in Oregon news," 27 Dec. 2019 Mitsuyoshi Oguchi, a local handyman, said that every year the entire town — which has a long history of flooding — participated in evacuation drills. Ben Dooley, New York Times, "Japan Spent Mightily to Soften Nature’s Wrath, but Can It Ever Be Enough?," 16 Oct. 2019 The latest, Interlude, follows a couple of shlubby handymen working in what appears to be the lounge of an opera house, carting away the latest Apparatus collection. Carl Swanson, Town & Country, "How the Apparatus Boys Became the Pied Pipers of Design," 3 Oct. 2019 Longtime resident Patrick Brady is a handyman who moonlights as a snake (and other creepy-crawly) wrangler. Pomerado News, "Poway man offers snake-catching skills to fellow Powegians," 15 Aug. 2019 Chadwick had originally claimed his wife was kidnapped and killed by a handyman, but detectives doubted his story. Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY, "‘Most Wanted’ millionaire charged with murder captured after 4 years on the run," 6 Aug. 2019 Christopher Sorley, a handyman from Chicago who became the latest Cubs fan to go viral after being accused of swiping a home run ball on Tuesday night, defended himself against the Twitter mob and talk radio hosts who vilified him on Wednesday. Chicago Tribune Staff, chicagotribune.com, "Daywatch: Dangerous heat on way, the ‘Mai Tai Guy’ Cubs fan is not sorry and other things to know to start your day," 18 July 2019

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First Known Use of handyman

1742, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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20 Jan 2020

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“Handyman.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/handyman. Accessed 26 January 2020.

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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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