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 Another victim, Paul Andre Michels, 54, was a handyman for the spa, according to the owner of a neighboring business. New York Times, "2 Immigrant Paths: One Led to Wealth, the Other Ended in Death in Atlanta," 24 Mar. 2021 Barren, who is also a handyman, has been working to spruce up the motel since moving from St. Petersburg, Florida, last year. al, "Could one road project change the future of Alabama’s black belt?," 14 Mar. 2021 The suspect, Wesley Little, was a handyman who in 2018 had done work at the home, where Baker’s daughter was living at the time, the lawsuit states. Anna Caplan, Dallas News, "Former McKinney resident suing city for damages after her home was ‘destroyed’ in a SWAT raid," 4 Mar. 2021 On January 8, Parker allegedly went back to their Sugar Land home with movers, as well as her assistant and a handyman. Victoria Bekiempis, Vulture, "Chet Hanks’s Ex-Girlfriend Sues Him for $1 Million, Alleges Assault," 14 Apr. 2021 One of those power users is Ryan Costello of Kailua Kona, Hawaii, a former handyman who has made the car rental business his full-time job. Chris Isidore, CNN, "Rental car shortage is a boon for Turo, the Airbnb of cars," 29 Mar. 2021 The killings claimed the lives of four women born in Korea, two from China, a mother getting a massage with her husband and a handyman originally from Detroit. Jaewon Kang, WSJ, "For Atlanta Shooting Victims, American Life Was Often a Lonely Struggle," 28 Mar. 2021 Farr, who was Baskin’s former handyman at the time, allegedly brought home a large freezer with a padlock around the same time Lewis went missing. Antonio Ferme, chicagotribune.com, "‘Tiger King’ one year later: What’s the latest on Joe Exotic and Carole Baskin?," 21 Mar. 2021 Michels, a handyman at Young’s Asian Massage, was an Army veteran, family members told news outlets. Washington Post, "Atlanta spa shooting victims highlight struggles for Asian and Asian American immigrant women in low-wage jobs," 20 Mar. 2021

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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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6 May 2021

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“Handyman.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/handyman. Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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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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