plural jacks-of-all-trades
: a person who can do passable work at various tasks : a handy versatile person

Examples of jack-of-all-trades in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Because McKeon is a valuable, jack-of-all-trades player. David Moore, Dallas News, 28 Aug. 2023 One of the homes slated for demolition belongs to Mohamed Amin, 56, a former construction worker turned jack-of-all-trades at Darb. Vivian Yee, New York Times, 26 Aug. 2023 Adam Blackstone, a jack-of-all-trades who plays bass, drums, piano, organ, tuba and sousaphone — and is also a songwriter, producer, composer and everything else under the musical sun — is more than ready to step in. Mesfin Fekadu, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 Aug. 2023 Her Inner Daisy Jones As an entertainment jack-of-all-trades — model, actor, and, after releasing her debut album and EP last year, singer-songwriter — Suki Waterhouse had fans in the palm of her hand before stepping onstage in a white jumpsuit and matching boots. Rolling Stone, 6 Aug. 2023 Castor oil has long been considered a jack-of-all-trades home remedy, used as a laxative, a moisturizer and as a chest rub to ease lung congestion. Katie Camero, NBC News, 5 Aug. 2023 The jack-of-all-trades will add to his versatility this fall, returning kicks. Don Norcross, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Aug. 2023 That lack of experience has especially hurt the writers who go on to become showrunners, or the jack-of-all-trades who manage the creative aspects of a show. Emma Roth, The Verge, 14 July 2023 Rebecca Miller salvaged the modest furnishings from the studio, including a daybed, a pot-belly wood stove and an old metal office chair that her father, a jack-of-all-trades, insisted on fixing rather than replacing. Susan Haigh, Fortune, 3 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1618, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of jack-of-all-trades was in 1618

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“Jack-of-all-trades.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jack-of-all-trades. Accessed 26 Sep. 2023.

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plural jacks-of-all-trades
: a person who can work at various trades

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