Medieval Latin factōtum Latin facimperative offacereto dodhē- in Indo-European roots Latin tōtumeverythingfromneuter oftōtusallteutā- in Indo-European roots
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From New Latin factotum (literally “do everything”), from Latinfac, present singular imperative of faciō (“do, make”) + tōtum (“everything”); attested in English from 1566.
Factotum Sentence Examples
His activity was prodigious, and Catharine called him her factotum.
He was an ex-abbe who had shown his devotion to his mistress when her life was threatened, and henceforward was installed at Nohant as factotum.
His successor, Alexander Mavrocordato, surnamed Exaporritos, was charged by the Turkish government with the delicate and arduous negotiation of the treaty of Carlowitz, and by his dexterity succeeded, in spite of his questionable fidelity to the interests of his employers, in gaining their entire confidence, and in becoming the factotum of Ottoman policy.