Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

People who make and repair things

bookbinder

noun

someone whose job is to fasten the pages of a book together and put a cover on it

cabinet-maker

noun

someone whose job is to make wooden furniture of high quality

carpenter

noun

someone whose job is to make things from wood, or to repair things that are made of wood

cobbler

noun

someone whose job is to repair shoes

cooper

noun

someone whose job is to make barrels (=large wooden containers for holding liquids)

electrician

noun

someone whose job is to repair or fit electrical equipment

engineer

noun

someone who repairs machines or electrical equipment

farrier

noun

someone whose job is to make horseshoes for horses and fit them on their hooves

gasman

noun

a man whose job is to repair machines that burn gas or to check your gas meter

glassblower

noun

someone whose job is to blow liquid glass into shapes in order to make containers and other objects

glazier

noun

someone whose job is to make and repair glass windows and doors

goldsmith

noun

someone whose job is to make or repair gold jewelry and other gold objects

grease monkey

noun

someone whose job is to repair cars or machines. This word is sometimes used as an insult.

greaser

noun

someone whose job is to grease machine parts to make them work smoothly

gunsmith

noun

someone whose job is to make and repair guns

handyman

noun

someone whose job is to repair things and do other types of practical work in people’s houses

handyman

noun

someone who is good at building and repairing things in their own house

handywoman

noun

a woman whose job is to repair things and do other types of practical work in people’s houses

handywoman

noun

a woman who is good at building and repairing things in her own house

jeweler

noun

someone who makes, repairs, or sells jewelry and other objects made of valuable metal and stones

jeweller

the British spelling of jeweler

lineman

noun

someone whose job is to connect or repair telephone or power lines

linesman

noun

a telephone lineman

locksmith

noun

someone whose job is to fix locks on doors and windows and to open doors for people who have lost their keys

man

noun

a man who comes to your house to do a piece of work or provide a service, especially to repair something

mechanic

noun

someone whose job is to repair vehicles and machines

Mr. Fixit

a man who is skillful at repairing things or who can solve problems easily

odd-job man

noun

someone who does odd jobs for other people

plumber

noun

someone whose job is to fit and repair pipes, water tanks, and other equipment used for supplying and storing water

repairman

noun

a man whose job is to fix things that are damaged or broken

shoemaker

noun

someone whose job is to make or repair shoes

smith

noun

someone whose job is to make and repair metal objects

smith

noun

a blacksmith

steeplejack

noun

someone whose job is to repair tall structures such as towers

vintner

noun

someone whose job is to grow grapes and make wine. A more usual word is wine maker.

watchmaker

noun

someone whose job is to make or repair watches

mender

noun

repairer

noun

pre-roll

a video advertisement that appears immediately before an online video

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary

breakfast rave

a rave … that takes place early in the morning and where there is no alcohol or drugs …

add a word

Blog

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog