see also: Job
Pronunciation Noun

job (plural jobs)

  1. A task.
    I've got a job for you - could you wash the dishes?
    A job half done is hardly done at all.
    • 1996, Cameron Crowe, Jerry Maguire
      ''And it's my job to take care of the skanks on the road that you bang.
  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.
    • 2016, [ VOA Learning English] (public domain)
      Here I am at my new job
  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. (colloquial) A thing (often used in a vague way to refer to something whose name one cannot recall).
    Pass me that little job with the screw thread on it.
Translations Translations Translations Translations
  • French: tâche
  • German: Job
  • Portuguese: job
  • Russian: зада́ча

job (jobs, present participle jobbing; past and past participle jobbed)

  1. (intransitive) To do odd jobs or occasional work for hire.
    • 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.
    • 1733, Alexander Pope, Epistle to Bathurst
      And judges job, and bishops bite the town.
  7. To strike or stab with a pointed instrument.
  8. To thrust in, as a pointed instrument.
  9. To hire or let in periods of service.
    to job a carriage
    • 1848, William M. Thackeray, Vanity Fair, Chapter 59,
      […] ...and a pair of handsome horses were jobbed, with which Jos drove about in state in the park...
  • German: jobben
  • Portuguese: empreitar
  • enPR: jōb, IPA: /dʒəʊb/
  • (colloquial) IPA: /d͡ʒɒb/, /d͡ʒɔb/
Proper noun
  1. (biblical) A book of the Old Testament and the Hebrew Tanakh.
  2. A male given name
  3. A character in the Old Testament and the Qur'an, renowned for his patience.
  • French: Job
  • German: Hiob
  • Italian: Giobbe
  • Portuguese:
  • Russian: Ио́в
  • Spanish: Job
  • French: Job
  • German: Hiob
  • Italian: Giobbe
  • Portuguese:
  • Russian: Ио́в
  • Spanish: Job

job (plural jobs)

  1. A person who shows remarkable patience.

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