man Friday
noun Etymology: Friday, servant in Robinson Crusoe (1719), novel by Daniel Defoe Date: circa 1809 an efficient and devoted aide or employee ; a right-hand man

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  • Man Friday — Man Man (m[a^]n), n.; pl. {Men} (m[e^]n). [AS. mann, man, monn, mon; akin to OS., D., & OHG. man, G. mann, Icel. ma[eth]r, for mannr, Dan. Mand, Sw. man, Goth. manna, Skr. manu, manus, and perh. to Skr. man to think, and E. mind. [root]104. Cf.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • man Friday — prop. n. [From Friday, the name of a character in the novel Robinson Crusoe (1719) by DeFoe.] A person who contributes to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose; a devoted assistant. Syn: right hand man, chief assistant …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • man friday — From Robinson Crusoe , a Man Friday refers to an assistant or companion, usually a capable one. The common feminine equivalent is Girl Friday . (Also, right hand man . ) …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • Man Friday — Man Fri|day 1.) a character in the book ↑Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe. He is a black man who becomes Crusoe s servant and friend after Crusoe saves him from being killed by ↑cannibals (=people who eat other people) . Crusoe calls him Man… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • man Friday — n. see FRIDAY (sense 2) …   English World dictionary

  • man Friday — noun count a man who helps someone with their work, especially in an office …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • man Friday — ► NOUN ▪ a male helper or follower. ORIGIN a character in Daniel Defoe s novel Robinson Crusoe (1719) …   English terms dictionary

  • Man Friday — This article is about the fictional character. For the film, see Man Friday (film). Man Friday is one of the main characters of Daniel Defoe s novel Robinson Crusoe . His name, in the novel given to him by Robinson Crusoe ( [http://pierre marteau …   Wikipedia

  • man Friday — noun the most helpful assistant • Syn: ↑right hand man, ↑chief assistant • Hypernyms: ↑assistant, ↑helper, ↑help, ↑supporter * * * ˌman ˈFriday 7 …   Useful english dictionary

  • Man Friday — Filmdaten Deutscher Titel: Freitag und Robinson Originaltitel: Man Friday Produktionsland: USA, Großbritannien Erscheinungsjahr: 1975 Länge: 115 Minuten Originalsprache …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • man Friday — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms man Friday : singular man Friday plural man Fridays a man who helps someone with their work, especially in an office …   English dictionary

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