- ( UK ) enPR: jŏb, IPA: /dʒɒb/, X-SAMPA: /dZQb/
- Rhymes: -ɒb
- ( US ) enPR: jäb, IPA: /dʒɑb/, X-SAMPA: /dZAb/
- A task .
- An economic role for which a person is paid .
- ( in noun compounds ) Plastic surgery; see e.g. nose job .
- ( computing ) A task, or series of tasks, carried out in batch mode ( especially on a mainframe computer )
- A thing ( often used in a vague way to refer to something whose name one cannot recall )
- ( intransitive ) To do odd jobs or occasional work for hire .
- ( 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 .
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
Explanation of job by Wordnet Dictionary
- estimates of the city's loss on that job ranged as high as a million dollars
- the job of repairing the engine took several hours
- Job ( jŏb ), n. [Prov. E. job, gob, n., a small piece of wood, v., to stab, strike; cf. E. gob, gobbet; perh. influenced by E. chop to cut off, to mince. See Gob.]
1. A sudden thrust or stab; a jab.
2. A piece of chance or occasional work; any definite work undertaken in gross for a fixed price; as, “he did the job for a thousand dollars”.
3. 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.
4. Any affair or event which affects one, whether fortunately or unfortunately. [Colloq.]
5. A situation or opportunity of work; as, “he lost his job”. [Colloq.]
6. A task, or the execution of a task; as, “Michelangelo did a great job on the David statue”.
7. ( Computers ) A task or coordinated set of tasks for a multitasking computer, submitted for processing as a single unit, usually for execution in background. See job control language.
☞ Job is used adjectively to signify doing jobs, used for jobs, or let on hire to do jobs; as, job printer; job master; job horse; job wagon, etc.
By the job, at a stipulated sum for the work, or for each piece of work done; -- distinguished from time work; as, “the house was built by the job”. -- Job lot, a quantity of goods, usually miscellaneous, sold out of the regular course of trade, at a certain price for the whole; as, “these articles were included in a job lot”. -- Job master, one who lest out horses and carriages for hire, as for family use. [Eng.] -- Job printer, one who does miscellaneous printing, esp. circulars, cards, billheads, etc. -- Odd job, miscellaneous work of a petty kind; occasional work, of various kinds, or for various people. -- to do a job on, to harm badly or destroy. [slang] -- on the job, alert; performing a responsibility well. [slang]
- Job ( jŏb ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Jobbed ( jŏbd ); p. pr. & vb. n. Jobbing.]
1. To strike or stab with a pointed instrument. L'Estrange.
2. To thrust in, as a pointed instrument. Moxon.
3. To do or cause to be done by separate portions or lots; to sublet ( work ); as, “to job a contract”.
4. ( Com. ) To buy and sell, as a broker; to purchase of importers or manufacturers for the purpose of selling to retailers; as, “to job goods”.
5. To hire or let by the job or for a period of service; as, “to job a carriage”. Thackeray.
- Job, v. i.
1. To do chance work for hire; to work by the piece; to do petty work.
Authors of all work, to job for the season. Moore.
2. To seek private gain under pretense of public service; to turn public matters to private advantage.
And judges job, and bishops bite the town. Pope.
3. To carry on the business of a jobber in merchandise or stocks.
- Job ( jōb ), n. The hero of the book of that name in the Old Testament; the prototypical patient man.
Job's comforter. A false friend; a tactless or malicious person who, under pretense of sympathy, insinuates rebukes. A boil. [Colloq.] -- Job's news, bad news. Carlyle. -- Job's tears ( Bot. ), a kind of grass ( Coix Lacryma ), with hard, shining, pearly grains.
Definition of job by GCIDE Dictionary