What is the difference between factotum and polymath?
Factotum is a coordinate term of polymath.
As nouns the difference between factotum and polymath
is that factotum
is (dated) a person having many diverse activities]] or [[responsibility|responsibilities while polymath
is a person with extraordinarily broad and comprehensive knowledge.
(dated) A person having many diverse activities]] or [[responsibility, responsibilities.
(dated) A general servant.
* 1847 , , Chapter 73,
A jack of all trades.
An individual employed to do all sorts of duties.
- 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.
* (jack of all trades) handyman, jack of all trades, sciolist
* (general servant) do-all
* (l), (l)
A person with extraordinarily broad and comprehensive knowledge.
* 1624 , , (The Anatomy of Melancholy) (2nd edn.), p.6:
- To be thought and held Polumathes and Polihistors.
* renaissance man
* factotum, handyman, jack of all trades, sciolist
polymath, n. (a.)'']” listed in the '' [2nd ed., 1989
polymath, n. ''and'' adj.'']” listed in the ''Oxford English Dictionary [3rd ed., September 2006