Part of speech: noun
Origin: Latin, mid-16th century
An employee who does all kinds of work.
Examples of Factotum in a sentence
"I made the ink; I was warehouseman, and every thing, and, in short, quite a factotum.' — Benjamin Franklin"
"You'd better give him a raise; he's a real factotum."
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Benjamin Franklin is known as a writer, philosopher, scientist, inventor, statesman, and more. In his autobiography he calls himself a factotum, and gives the definition in a footnote: "one who makes himself generally useful; a 'do-all.'"
Did you Know?
Slang nicknames aren't just a modern invention. In the 16th century a "Johannes Factotum" was what we would now call a "Jack-of-all-trades." In medieval Latin "fac" meant to do and "totum" meant the whole thing.