job

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

job ‎(plural jobs)

  1. A task.
    I've got a job for you - could you wash the dishes?
  2. 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.
    • 2013 August 10, Schumpeter, “Cronies and capitols”, The Economist, volume 408, number 8848: 
      Policing the relationship between government and business in a free society is difficult. Businesspeople have every right to lobby governments, and civil servants to take jobs in the private sector.
  3. (in noun compounds) Plastic surgery.
    He had had a nose job.
  4. (computing) A task, or series of tasks, carried out in batch mode (especially on a mainframe computer).
  5. A sudden thrust or stab; a jab.
  6. 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.
  7. Any affair or event which affects one, whether fortunately or unfortunately.
  8. A thing (often used in a vague way to refer to something whose name one cannot recall).

Usage notes[edit]

  • 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.

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Verb[edit]

job ‎(third-person singular simple present jobs, present participle jobbing, simple past and past participle jobbed)

  1. (intransitive) To do odd jobs or occasional work for hire.
    • Moore
      Authors of all work, to job for the season.
  2. (intransitive) To work as a jobber.
  3. (intransitive, professional wrestling slang) To take the loss.
  4. (transitive, trading) To buy and sell for profit, as securities; to speculate in.
  5. (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.
  6. (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.
  7. To strike or stab with a pointed instrument.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of L'Estrange to this entry?)
  8. To thrust in, as a pointed instrument.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Moxon to this entry?)
  9. 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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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English

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Noun[edit]

job m, f ‎(plural jobs)

  1. (informal) job (employment role)
  2. (Quebec, informal) work

Usage notes[edit]

  • This term is feminine in Quebec and masculine elsewhere.

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Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English

Noun[edit]

job m ‎(invariable)

  1. job (employment role, computing task)

Portuguese[edit]

Noun[edit]

job m (plural jobs)

  1. (computing) job (task carried out in batch mode)