Origin of factotumModern Latin from Classical Latin fac, imperative of facere, do + totum, neuter of totus, all, the whole
The definition of a factotum is a person hired to perform an assortment of jobs.
An example of a factotum is a personal assistant.
An employee or assistant who serves in a wide range of capacities.
Origin of factotumMedieval Latin factōtum Latin fac imperative of facere to do ; see dhē- in Indo-European roots.Latin tōtum everything from neuter of tōtus all ; see teutā- in Indo-European roots.
- The Lost-in-Space Robinsons employed their robot as a sort of general factotum, and even Gort, of Klaatu Barada Nicto fame, was only following orders.
- His activity was prodigious, and Catharine called him her factotum.
- Ostensibly, he was only the Holstein minister at Charles's court, in reality he was everything in Sweden except a Swedish subject - finance minister, plenipotentiary to foreign powers, factotum, and responsible to the king alone, though he had not a line of instructions.
- Gallop off to our Moscow estate, he said to the factotum who appeared at his call.
- Under the superintendence of the Curia Regis and the exchequer, the sheriff still remained the kings factotum in local affairs.