- The definition of a job is the work you do to earn money.
An example of a job is working at a gas station.
- Job means a task or working on one specific project.
- An example of a job is cleaning the bathroom.
- An example of a job is a contractor agreeing to redo a bathroom.
- Job is defined as the place where you go to work and earn money.
An example of your job is the office and staff that you work with each day.
- A job is a specific illegal task.
An example of a job is a bank robbery.
Factory workers doing their job.
- a specific piece of work, as in one's trade, or done by agreement for pay
- anything one has to do; task; chore; duty
- the thing or material being worked on
- the action of doing a task, duty, or piece of work
- a result or product of such action
- ☆ a position of employment; situation; work
- Informal a criminal act or deed, as a theft, etc.
- Informal any happening, affair, matter, object, etc.
- Chiefly Brit. a thing done supposedly in the public interest but actually for private gain
Origin of job; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
intransitive verbjobbed, jobbing
- to do odd jobs
- to act as a jobber or broker
- Chiefly Brit. to do public or official business dishonestly for private gain
- to buy and sell (goods) as wholesaler; handle as middleman
- to let or sublet (work, contracts, etc.)
- to hire or let for hire, as a horse or carriage
- Slang to deceive; trick; cheat
- Chiefly Brit. to transact (public business) dishonestly for private gain
on the job
- while working at one's job
- Slang attentive to one's task or duty
- a man who endured much suffering but did not lose his faith in God
- the book telling of him: abbrev. Jb
Origin of JobEcclesiastical Late Latin ; from Ecclesiastical Greek Iōb ; from Classical Hebrew (language) 'Iyyōbh
- a. A regular activity performed in exchange for payment, especially as one's trade, occupation, or profession: Her job is doing drug research.b. A position of employment: How many jobs are open at the factory?
- a. A task that must be done: Let's finish this job before we start another.b. A specified duty or responsibility: Your job is to watch the kids while we're away. See Synonyms at task.c. Informal A difficult or strenuous task: It's a real job getting people to help out at these events.
- a. A specific piece of work to be done for a set fee: an expensive repair job.b. The object to be worked on: Those overgrown shrubs are a big job.c. Something resulting from or produced by work: I like the job they did on those shrubs.
- An operation done to improve one's appearance, or the result of such an operation. Often used in combination: a face job.
- Computers A program application that may consist of several steps but is performed as a single logical unit.
- Informal A state of affairs: Their marriage was a bad job from the start. It's a good job that we left early to avoid the traffic.
- Informal A criminal act, especially a robbery: a bank job.
- Informal An example of a specified type, especially of something made or constructed. Often used in combination: a new building that is just another glass and steel job; a cowboy hat that is one of those ten-gallon jobs.
verbjobbed jobbed, job·bing, jobs
- To work at odd jobs.
- To work by the piece.
- To act as a jobber.
- To purchase (merchandise) from manufacturers and sell it to retailers.
- To arrange for (contracted work) to be done in portions by others; subcontract.
- To transact (official business) dishonestly for private profit.
Origin of jobPerhaps from obsolete jobbe, piece, alteration of Middle English gobbe, lump; see gob1.
tr. & intr.v.jobbed jobbed, job·bing, jobs
Origin of jobMiddle English jobben, of imitative origin.
Origin of JobHebrew ’iyyôb; see ℵb in Semitic roots.
Origin of JobAfter Job.
- A task.
- I've got a job for you - could you wash the dishes?
- An economic role for which a person is paid.
- That surgeon has a great job.
- He's been out of a job since being made redundant in January.
- (in noun compounds) Plastic surgery.
- He had had a nose job.
- (computing) A task, or series of tasks, carried out in batch mode (especially on a mainframe computer).
- A sudden thrust or stab; a jab.
- A public transaction done for private profit; something performed ostensibly as a part of official duty, but really for private gain; a corrupt official business.
- Any affair or event which affects one, whether fortunately or unfortunately.
- A thing (often used in a vague way to refer to something whose name one cannot recall).
- Adjectives often applied to "job": easy, hard, poor, good, great, excellent, decent, low-paying, steady, stable, secure, challenging, demanding, rewarding, boring, thankless, stressful, horrible, lousy, satisfying, industrial, educational, academic.
(third-person singular simple present jobs, present participle jobbing, simple past and past participle jobbed)
- (intransitive) To do odd jobs or occasional work for hire.
- (intransitive) To work as a jobber.
- (intransitive, professional wrestling slang) To take the loss.
- (trading) To buy and sell for profit, as securities; to speculate in.
- (often with out) To subcontract a project or delivery in small portions to a number of contractors.
- We wanted to sell a turnkey plant, but they jobbed out the contract to small firms.
- (intransitive) To seek private gain under pretence of public service; to turn public matters to private advantage.
- To strike or stab with a pointed instrument.
- To thrust in, as a pointed instrument.
- To hire or let in periods of service.
- to job a carriage
From the phrase jobbe of work "piece of work", from Middle English jobbe (“piece, article”). Of uncertain origin. Perhaps related to Middle English gobbe "lump, mouthful", Middle English jobben (“to jab, thrust, peck”), or Middle English choppe (“piece, bargain”). More at gob, jab, chop
- Job's news
Hebrew אִיּוֹב (iyobh, “hated”), from אָיַב (ayyabh, “he was hostile to”).