Factotum meaning

făk-tōtəm
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The definition of a factotum is a person hired to perform an assortment of jobs.

An example of a factotum is a personal assistant.

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(dated) A person having many diverse activities or responsibilities.
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An employee or assistant who serves in a wide range of capacities.
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A person hired to do all sorts of work; handyman.
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(dated) A general servant.
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A jack of all trades.
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An individual employed to do all sorts of duties.
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Origin of factotum

  • Medieval Latin factōtum Latin fac imperative of facere to do dhē- in Indo-European roots Latin tōtum everything from neuter of tōtus all teutā- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From New Latin factotum (literally “do everything”), from Latin fac, present singular imperative of faciō (“do, make”) + tōtum (“everything”); attested in English from 1566.

    From Wiktionary