Definition of man Friday in US English:

man Friday


  • A male helper or follower.

    • ‘I gave my man Friday one of my guns to carry.’
    • ‘Jennifer Hart is a writer and not-so-typical housewife, since most of the actual housework is performed by the couple's man Friday, Max.’
    second in command, second, number two, subordinate, junior, auxiliary, adjutant, lieutenant, subaltern, assistant, personal assistant, pa, aide, helper, right-hand man, henchman, underling
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From Friday, a character in Defoe's novel Robinson Crusoe (1719), whom Crusoe often refers to as ‘my man Friday’.


man Friday

/mæn ˈfraɪˌdeɪ/