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 Murder Café then presented the official denouement, which my mother had already guessed, thanks mostly to a loose-lipped handyman. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "At a Murder Mystery Weekend, Whodunit? Everyone," 23 Mar. 2020 Committees have been formed on housing, transportation, home repair/handyman services, snow removal/lawn care and senior companions. cleveland, "Bay Village mayor delivers state-of-the-city speech," 2 Mar. 2020 Cain's home was located in an upscale neighborhood near Waikiki Beach police, Cain rented Hanel a room in exchange for handyman services. Fox News, "Honolulu officials identify remains pulled from burnt-out Hawaii home," 26 Jan. 2020 Hanel lived for free at the home in exchange for handyman work, Burge said. Caleb Jones, Washington Post, "Shooting kills 2 officers before Hawaii homes catch fire," 20 Jan. 2020 Hanel lived for free at the home in exchange for handyman work, Burge said. Bloomberg.com, "Waikiki Beach Shooting Leaves at Least One Officer Dead," 19 Jan. 2020 Hanel lived for free at the home in exchange for handyman work, Burge said. Caleb Jones, SFChronicle.com, "2 police officers killed in Honolulu shooting," 19 Jan. 2020 Some buildings included available meals, social and educational activities, handyman assistance, a library and, if needed, help with activities of daily living. Dorothy Dworkin, sun-sentinel.com, "The best of both worlds | Opinion," 12 Sep. 2019 Members can tap rides to doctors’ appointments, handymen and activities like group meditation and bowling. Paul Overberg, WSJ, "The Loneliest Generation: Americans, More Than Ever, Are Aging Alone," 11 Dec. 2018

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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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30 Mar 2020

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“Handyman.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/handyman. Accessed 1 Apr. 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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