Definition of factotum in English:


Syllabification: fac·to·tum
Pronunciation: /fakˈtōtəm

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.
    handyman, jack of all trades; assistant, man Friday, gal/girl Friday; gofer
    informal Mr./Ms. Fix-It


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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