factotum

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English[edit]

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

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factotum (plural factotums)

  1. (dated) A person having many diverse activities or responsibilities.
  2. (dated) A general servant.
    Synonyms: do-all
    • 1847, Herman Melville, Omoo, Chapter 73,
      I had almost forgotten Monee, the grinning old man who prepared our meal. […] He was Po-Po’s factotum—cook, butler, and climber of the bread-fruit and cocoa-nut trees; and, added to all else, a mighty favourite with his mistress; with whom he would sit smoking and gossiping by the hour.
  3. A jack of all trades.
    Synonyms: handyman, jack of all trades, sciolist
    • 2018 January 10, Ann Hornaday, “‘Phantom Thread’: In his final role, Daniel Day-Lewis reminds us he’s a monumental talent”, in Washington Post[1]:
      He lives with his devoted sister and factotum, Cyril (Lesley Manville), and a series of women who tend to be quietly eased out when they demand too much time and attention or — heaven forfend! — dare to speak during Woodcock’s monastic creative routine.
  4. An individual employed to do all sorts of duties.

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Dutch[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Possibly directly or else via French from New Latin factotum (literally do everything), from Latin fac, present singular imperative of faciō (do, make) + tōtum (everything); attested in Dutch from 1605.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /fɑkˈtoː.tʏm/
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  • Hyphenation: fac‧to‧tum

Noun[edit]

factotum m (plural factotums, diminutive factotumpje n)

  1. factotum (jack-of-all-trades)

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Noun[edit]

factotum m (invariable)

  1. An individual employed to do all sorts of duties.