handy·​man ˈhan-dē-ˌman How to pronounce handyman (audio)
: a person who does odd jobs
: one competent in a variety of small skills or inventive or ingenious in repair or maintenance work

called also handyperson

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 Just one month before Parker’s arrival, Phan and her handyman husband sat down with Scott's own mom and dad, Jim and Joanne, to get some parenting tips. Angel Saunders, Peoplemag, 5 Apr. 2024 The address is listed online for a handyman business known as Brandon's Odd Jobs. Remington Miller, arkansasonline.com, 1 Apr. 2024 The strokes left behind a weakened right side that ended his work as a handyman, Uber driver and special police officer. Clarence Williams, Washington Post, 8 Mar. 2024 Jackson started Jackson Draper Renovations with business partner Mark Draper in Georgia in 2020, offering house and individual room renovations, painting and handyman services. Kaitlin Stevens, Peoplemag, 17 Mar. 2024 When tasked with repairing a piece of furniture, my lack of handyman skills left me feeling out of my depth. Jonathan Fischbein, Forbes, 27 Feb. 2024 So, at 76 years old, the Waveland, Mississippi, resident and Vietnam war veteran discovered a new purpose as his community's handyman. Emily Mae Czachor, CBS News, 2 Feb. 2024 The death of a Los Angeles handyman took a twisted turn when authorities discovered the man who had been living a quiet, unassuming life was actually wanted in connection with the rape of a child in the Seattle area more than a decade ago. Jireh Deng, Los Angeles Times, 19 Mar. 2024 In December, Victoria graced her fans with David’s handyman work around the house. Charna Flam, Peoplemag, 15 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

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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“Handyman.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/handyman. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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handy·​man -ˌman How to pronounce handyman (audio)
: a person who does various small jobs

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