A person who can do many different kinds of work.
The definition of a jack of all trades is a person who is can do many kinds of work.
An example of a jack of all trades is a carpenter who installs tile, builds furniture, hangs windows and installs lights.
A person who can do many kinds of work acceptably.
Alternative spelling of jack of all trades.
Jill of all trades.
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Origin of jack-of-all-trades
- 1610s, from sense Jack (“man (generic term)”). Originally a term of praise (competent in many endeavors), today generally used disparagingly, with emphasis on (implied or stated) “master of none”, as in later longer form jack of all trades, master of none.
- First attested in Essayes and characters of a prison and prisoners, by Geffray Minshull, published 1618 (written 1612), p. 50, as Jack-of-all-trades.