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Factotum
See also: factótum

English

Etymology

From New Latin factotum (literally "do everything"), from Latin fac, present singular imperative of faci? ("do, make") + t?tum ("everything"); attested in English from 1566.

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /fæk't.t?m/
  • (US) IPA(key): /fæk'to?.t?m/
  • (file)

Noun

factotum (plural factotums)

  1. (dated) A person having many diverse activities or responsibilities.
  2. (dated) A general servant.
    Synonym: 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. An individual employed to do all sorts of duties.
  4. 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.

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Dutch

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Etymology

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

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /f?k'to:.t?m/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: fac?to?tum

Noun

factotum m (plural factotums, diminutive factotumpje n)

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

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Italian

Noun

factotum m (invariable)

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

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