man Friday


: an efficient and devoted aide or employee : a right-hand man

Word History


Friday, servant in Robinson Crusoe (1719), novel by Daniel Defoe

First Known Use

circa 1809, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of man Friday was circa 1809

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Cite this Entry

“Man Friday.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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