I'm looking for a word that describes the love for making, building or creating things. What would be the best word for this?



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  • Creativeness has the 'enthusiasm' connotations. – Edwin Ashworth Jun 20 '15 at 13:54
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    These days, the people themselves are called makers. Their defining characteristic might be termed an inventive bent. – Lawrence Jul 31 '17 at 5:28
  • Someone who enjoys making things is often referred to as crafty, arty, or even artsy-craftsy. The first needs to be used with caution owing to its more common rather negative meaning, but works if there is sufficient context. I also didn't notice the word craftsman mentioned in other answers/comments. Although not a word for the love of making things per se, it could well be applied to the one who loves making things. – Daniel Austin Jul 31 '17 at 6:22

Such a person might be called a bricoleur if they use bric-a-brac to make the things, or whatever is at hand.


I don't think there's an exact match for this. "Creativity" is probably closest, as it denotes a facility for creation and connotes an enjoyment of doing so. You would never describe a person as creative who was good at making things, but didn't enjoy it. "Ingenuity" and "ingeniousness" also come to mind, more in the realm of invention, but implying perhaps a little more strongly than "creativity" a zest for making things.

  • Creativity denotes facility without regard to love or passion. Ingenious sounds closer. I was looking for something with ends in 'philia'. – polarise Jun 20 '15 at 14:19
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    You should probably add that criterion to the question, then, don't you think? – The Nate Jul 31 '17 at 5:13

Artistry may suggest passion and ability for what you are creating:

  • artistic ability or skill

  • quality that results from artistic ability or skill



DIY enthusiast? Still not a single word!

  • No. Not a word. ;-) – polarise Jun 20 '15 at 16:58
  • I figured as much but couldn't stop from answering – mindfultrails Jun 22 '15 at 7:20

How about these?


The love of new things or ideas.


The love of ideas.

Source: List of philias

  • That's very close. All we now need is to find a word that means 'love of making things' and we can combine them into the word we are interested in. – polarise Jun 21 '15 at 8:24

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