Definition of factotum in English:


Line breaks: fac|to¦tum
Pronunciation: /fakˈtəʊtəm

noun (plural factotums)

An employee who does all kinds of work: he was employed as the general factotum
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  • She is perpetually and dangerously angry, bluntly refusing - although employed in a factotum capacity - to perform many of the chores she is given, often colouring her refusal with some venomous invective.
  • When his grandson was born in 1604, his family of three had four servants, apart from his factotum and sole studio assistant, Francisco de Preboste.
  • He worked as a general factotum at Keadeen Hotel for 37 years.
odd-job man, (general) handyman, general employee, man of all work, maid of all work, jack of all trades, personal assistant;
British PA;
Australian knockabout
North American informal body man


mid 16th century (originally in the phrases dominum (or magister factotum), translating roughly as 'master of everything', and Johannes factotem 'John do-it-all' or 'Jack of all trades'): from medieval Latin, from Latin fac! 'do!' (imperative of facere) + totum 'the whole thing' (neuter of totus).

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