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 And the fact that social distancing guidelines have handymen and maintenance workers limiting their house calls certainly doesn’t help matters. Southern Living, "This Free Home Maintenance Hotline Will Guide You Through Emergency Repairs," 20 Apr. 2020 Deidre Finley, who prefers to go by Dedrek Finley, says in the documents that he was hired by Dawson to move from New York City to Los Angeles to work on renovating her home as a handyman. Alexia Fernandez, PEOPLE.com, "Rosario Dawson and Members of Her Family Sued Over Alleged Transphobic Assault Against Handyman," 22 Oct. 2019 Larry Park, 49, owns a handyman business and volunteers as a pastor at a local church. David Begnaud, CBS News, "Chowchilla bus kidnapping survivor: "I felt like I was an animal going to the slaughterhouse"," 12 Oct. 2019 Muñoz, who has lived in the United States for more than 40 years, most recently worked as a handyman and has four children who are US citizens. Blake Ellis And Melanie Hicken, CNN, "Medical care in immigrant detention centers under fire," 4 Oct. 2019 The inspector that day attempted unsuccessfully to reach a handyman and called the property manager to explain the health order requirements, records show. Anna Bauman, SFChronicle.com, "SF officials file criminal complaint against SRO owner alleging dirty bathrooms in violation of coronavirus health order," 28 Apr. 2020 In Quentin Tarantino’s 1969-set historical fable, Pitt’s Cliff Booth is a steely stunt double for fading TV and movie star Rick Dalton (DiCaprio) but also the actor’s BFF, driver and all-around handyman. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "Hallelujah! Brad Pitt wins his first acting Oscar, and the world rejoices," 10 Feb. 2020 At-home handymen will love the credit card-sized tool that fits in your wallet and has 26 different functions. Jessica Migala, NBC News, "18 best Valentine's Day gifts for everyone on your list 2020," 3 Feb. 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

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First Known Use of handyman

1742, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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25 May 2020

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“Handyman.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/handyman. Accessed 27 May. 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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