American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An employee or assistant who serves in a wide range of capacities.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who does everything; specifically, one who is called upon or employed to do all kinds of work for another.
- n. dated A person having many diverse activities or responsibilities.
- n. dated A general servant.
- n. A jack of all trades.
- n. An individual employed to do all sorts of duties.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A person employed to do all kinds of work or business; a person with many different responsibilities.
- n. a servant employed to do a variety of jobs
- From New Latin, ("do everything"), from Latin fac, present singular imperative of faciō ("do, make") + tōtum ("everything"); attested in English from 1566. (Wiktionary)
- Medieval Latin factōtum : Latin fac, imperative of facere, to do; see dhē- in Indo-European roots + Latin tōtum, everything, from neuter of tōtus, all; see teutā- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Squire is the protecting power, but his factotum is the active and busy agent.”
“When he first showed up at Sun Studios, pestering them to get an audition, Marion Kisko (ph), who was the secretary and kind of factotum there, she asked him what kind of music he sang and famously he said, I sing all kinds.”
“He was greatly liked, and the late Sir George Barlow, a landed proprietor of the neighbourhood, made him a kind of factotum on his estate.”
“M'Clutchy rose from the humble office of process-server to that of bailiff's follower, bailiff, head-bailiff, barony constable, until, finally, he felt himself a kind of factotum on the Castle Cumber property; and in proportion as he rose, so did his manners rise with him.”
“I was, during several years, a kind of factotum servant to a country clergyman, where I pickt up a good many scraps of learning, particularly in some branches of the mathematics.”
“factotum," to find out what the Opposition was going to do.”
“In the bungalow at Mill Valley he lived alone, save for Lee Sing, the Chinese cook and factotum, who knew much about the strangeness of his master, who was paid well for saying nothing, and who never did say anything.”
“Class-factotum -- You brought up a very good point!”
“So, defying belief, a managerial factotum, who just happens to know the role, is shunted on posing as the missing Morelli.”
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