• (British) IPA: /fækˈtəʊ.təm/
  • (America) IPA: /fækˈtoʊ.təm/

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. An individual employed to do all sorts of duties.
  4. A jack of all trades.
    Synonyms: handyman, jack of all trades, sciolist
  5. A printer's ornament forming a decorative border into which any letter can be inserted to mark the beginning of a section of text.
Translations Translations
  • Italian: factotum
  • Spanish: muchacho de los mandados, hombre orquesta
  • Portuguese: faz-tudo
  • Spanish: muchacho de los mandados, hombre orquesta

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