jack of all trades
1610s, from sense Jack ("man (generic term)").

First attested in Essayes and characters of a prison and prisoners, by Geffray Minshull, published 1618 (written 1612), p. 50 ↗, as Jack-of-all-trades.

Noun

jack of all trades

  1. (idiomatic) One competent in many endeavors, especially one who excels in none of them.
    • 1618, Geffray Minshull, Essayes and characters of a prison and prisoners, p. 50 ↗:
      Now for the most part your porter is either some broken cittizen, who hath plaid Jack-of-all-trades, some pander, broker, or hangman, that hath plaid the knaue with all men, and for the more certainty his embleme is a red beard, to which facke hath made his nose cousin german.
    • 1861, Charles Dickens, Great Expectations, ch. 25:
      "I am my own engineer, and my own carpenter, and my own plumber, and my own gardener, and my own Jack of all Trades," said Wemmick.
    • 1912, Mary Roberts Rinehart, Where There's A Will, Ch. 5:
      A fellow can always get some sort of a job—I was coming up here to see if they needed an extra clerk or a waiter, or chauffeur, or anything that meant a roof and something to eat—but I suppose they don't need a jack-of-all-trades.
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Jack of all trades
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jack of all trades

  1. Alternative spelling of jack of all trades

Jack of all Trades
Noun

jack of all trades

  1. Alternative spelling of jack of all trades



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