factotum

factotum

[fak-toh-tuhm]
noun
1.
a person, as a handyman or servant, employed to do all kinds of work around the house.
2.
any employee or official having many different responsibilities.

Origin:
1560–70; < Medieval Latin, equivalent to Latin fac make, do (imperative of facere) + tōtum, neuter of tōtus all

Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To factotum
Collins
World English Dictionary
factotum (fækˈtəʊtəm)
 
n
a person employed to do all kinds of work
 
[C16: from Medieval Latin, from Latin fac! do! + tōtum, from tōtus (adj) all]

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Etymonline
Word Origin & History

factotum
1566, from M.L. fac totum "do everything," from fac, imperative of facere "do" (see factitious) + totum "all" (see total).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Related Words
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature