Definition of DIY in English:

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Pronunciation: /diːʌɪˈwʌɪ/
chiefly British


[mass noun]
The activity of decorating, building, and making fixtures and repairs at home by oneself rather than employing a professional: DIY avoids the difficult relationship between householder and professional decorator


1Relating to DIY: a DIY store
1.1Done in person by someone without the relevant qualifications: we intend to have DIY funerals



Pronunciation: /diːʌɪˈwʌɪə/
Example sentences
  • On behalf of qualified electricians and competent DIY'ers in the UK I would like to inform you of a new Nanny State ruling that will affect your electrical market turn-over and perhaps wipe it out altogether!
  • The relentless DIY'er has recorded hundreds of his songs in a makeshift studio in his bedroom, where you can imagine him retreating from a frigid evening.
  • A do-it-yourselfer - or DIY'er - is allowed to do everything else, so the great Kiwi tradition of people being able to build their own homes has not been affected, at all.


1950s: abbreviation of do-it-yourself.

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