handyman etymology

English word handyman comes from English -man, English handy

Detailed word origin of handyman

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
-man English (eng) In certain cases, someone (implied male) who derives from a particular nationality.. Someone (implied male) who has special characteristics relating to a topic or area.. Someone (implied male) who is an expert in an area.. Someone (implied male) who is employed or holds a position in an area.
handy English (eng) (vulgar, slang) A hand job. (dialect) dexterous, skilful. Easy to use, useful.. Nearby, within reach.. Of a freight ship: having a small cargo capacity (less than 40,000 DWT); belonging to the handysize class.
handyman English (eng) (informal) A man who does small tasks and odd jobs.

Words with the same origin as handyman

Descendants of -man
bowman businessman cameraman cartman chairman congressman councilman doorman fireman fisherman freeman gunman hangman hitman madman milkman policeman postman salesman sandman seaman snowman watchman wingman