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[han-dee-man] /ˈhæn diˌmæn/
noun, plural handymen.
a person hired to do various small jobs, especially in the maintenance of an apartment building, office building, or the like.
Origin of handyman
1870-75; handy + man1
Usage note
See -man. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for handyman
  • He was a self-taught handyman and always willing to lend a hand.
  • Of course, it takes much more than basic handyman skills to become a skilled tradesman and business owner.
  • If you decide to use temporary plywood covers, you may want to hire a contractor or handyman to make them for you.
British Dictionary definitions for handyman


noun (pl) -men
a man employed to do various tasks
a man skilled in odd jobs, etc
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Word Origin and History for handyman

1872, from handy + man (n.).

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