See also: factótum
factotum (plural factotums)
- (dated) A person having many diverse activities or responsibilities.
- (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.
- An individual employed to do all sorts of duties.
- A jack of all trades.
- 2018 January 10, Ann Hornaday, “‘Phantom Thread’: In his final role, Daniel Day-Lewis reminds us he’s a monumental talent”, in Washington Post:
- 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.
person having many responsibilities
jack of all trades
Possibly directly or else via French from New Latin factotum (literally “do everything”), from Latin fac, present singular imperative of faciō (“do, make”) + tōtum (“everything”); attested in Dutch from 1605.
- factotum (jack-of-all-trades)