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[doo-i-cher-self, -it-yer-] /ˈdu ɪ tʃərˈsɛlf, -ɪt yər-/
of or designed for construction or use by amateurs without special training:
a do-it-yourself kit for building a radio.
the practice or hobby of building or repairing things for oneself, usually in one's own home.
Origin of do-it-yourself
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do-it-yourselfer, noun Unabridged
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  • And do-it-yourself consumers would feel the benefits as well.
  • Watch your heartbeat with do-it-yourself equipment, as described.
  • The do-it-yourself movement revives learning by doing.
  • Other do-it-yourself methods can be even more problematic.
  • There will be do-it-yourself kits for gardeners who will use genetic engineering to breed new varieties of roses and orchids.
  • Here's an easy plan for a do-it-yourself sushi party for six people.
  • We even have do-it-yourself car washes for those big trucks that taxi cattle wherever it is they need to go.
  • Manufactured products are heavily personalized, but do-it-yourself dies.
  • These days a growing do-it-yourself movement seeks solutions in garages and community labs.
  • But these days, my company dinners consist of do-it-yourself dishes, with my guests pitching in.
British Dictionary definitions for do-it-yourself


  1. the hobby or process of constructing and repairing things oneself
  2. (as modifier): a do-it-yourself kit
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for do-it-yourself

as a modifier, attested by 1941. The expression is much older.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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