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See also: handi-craftsman



From genitive form of handicraft + man.


handicraftsman (plural handicraftsmen)

  1. A practitioner of a handicraft, usually male.
    • 1603, John Florio, transl.; Michel de Montaigne, Essayes, printed at London: Edward Blount, OCLC 946730821:
      , II.18:
      I know, that a handicraftsman [transl. artisan] will scarcely looke off his worke, to gaze upon an ordinary man: Whereas to see a notable great person come into a towne, he will leave both worke and shop.
    • 1742, Samuel Johnson, The Works of Samuel Johnson, Vol.6:
      He may, among the drunkards, be a hearty fellow, and, among sober handicraftsmen, a free-spoken gentleman; but he must have some better distinction, before he is a patriot.
    • 1878, James Inglis, Sport and Work on the Nepaul Frontier:
      Like all native handicraftsmen he sits down at his work.
    • 1903, Philip P. Wells, Bible Stories and Religious Classics:
      I know that a good honest handicraftsman, Erik, the glove-maker, has been your suitor; he is a widower without children, he is well off; think whether you cannot be content with him.