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

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The new warrant speaks of a lying lover and handyman with something to hide. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, "Jennifer Dulos disappearance: New arrest after DNA found on discarded car seats," 5 Sep. 2019 Meshach Taylor also stars as Anthony Bouvier, an ex-con handyman who helps out at the firm and offers his opinions on the ladies’ personal matters. Jessica Derschowitz, EW.com, "All seasons of Designing Women coming to Hulu in August," 26 July 2019 Vann’s father returned after a career in the military and spent his old age as a kind of unofficial mayor and handyman. Washington Post, "In one unusual Virginia neighborhood, roots stretch to the first Africans in America," 21 Aug. 2019 An insecure mess, Rick has a saving grace – in more ways than one – in stunt double/confidante/driver/handyman Cliff Booth (Pitt). Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "Review: 'Once Upon A Time in Hollywood' is a fairy tale only Quentin Tarantino could tell," 23 July 2019 The mother, Teresa (Adriana Barraza, Oscar nominated for Babel), goes about her murderous duties, sometimes with the assistance of her mute handyman (Neil Sandilands, The Americans), with total dispassion. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Coyote Lake': Film Review," 31 July 2019 Essentially unemployable due to his nasty violent tendencies, Booth acts as Dalton’s chauffeur, handyman, drinking buddy and constant companion. Ross Raihala, Twin Cities, "Quentin Tarantino juggles glamour and gore in the compelling ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’," 23 July 2019 Geernaert said sometimes the senior provides the materials and other times the club covers the costs, in addition to providing the free labor that could run $65 per hour if performed by a handyman. Pomerado News, "Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotarians’ help for seniors among new president’s priorities," 19 July 2019 On Friday, state police accused one of them in his death: Day’s live-in handyman, a 36-year-old with a lengthy rap sheet. oregonlive.com, "A Mouseketeer mystery: Dennis Day’s extraordinary life and heartbreaking death," 6 July 2019

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First Known Use of handyman

1742, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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