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
- (UK) enPR: jŏb, IPA(key): /dʒɒb/
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- Rhymes: -ɒb
- (US) enPR: jäb, IPA(key): /dʒɑb/
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job (plural jobs)
- 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.
- (intransitive) To do odd jobs or occasional work for hire.
- Authors of all work, to job for the season.
- (intransitive) To work as a jobber.
- (intransitive, professional wrestling slang) To take the loss.
- (transitive, trading) To buy and sell for profit, as securities; to speculate in.
- (transitive, 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.
- Alexander Pope
- And judges job, and bishops bite the town.
- Alexander Pope
- To strike or stab with a pointed instrument.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of L'Estrange to this entry?)
- To thrust in, as a pointed instrument.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Moxon to this entry?)
- To hire or let in periods of service.
- to job a carriage
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Thackeray to this entry?)
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job m (plural jobs) (f in Quebec)
- (informal) boulot
job m (invariable)
- job (employment role, computing task)