Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Slang A job, usually in the retail or service sector, that is low paying, often temporary, and offers minimal or no benefits or opportunity for promotion.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A job paying low wages, requiring few skills and having little opportunity for promotion.

Etymologies

Mc(Donald's), trademark of a fast-food restaurant chain (from its mass-produced nature) + job1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Mc, from the name of the restaurant chain McDonald’s, + job, jobs in McDonald's being considered to be this sort of job. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • By Lisa Baertlein - Fast-food chain McDonald's Corp announced a one-day spring hiring spree aimed at fighting the use of the term "McJob" as shorthand for describing low-wage, dead-end work.

    McDonald's Plans To Add 50,000 Jobs On 'Hiring Day'

  • For years, people have used the term "McJob" as derogatory slang for low-paying, dead-end work in the kitchen or behind the counter.

    McDonald's Aims to Change Image of 'McJob'

  • STEVE EASTERBROOK, CEO, MCDONALD'S: We believe the dictionary definition of the term McJob does require reappraisal.

    CNN Transcript Mar 21, 2007

  • announced a one-day spring hiring spree aimed at fighting the use of the term "McJob" as shorthand for describing low-wage, dead-end work.

    The Globe and Mail - Home RSS feed

  • has announced a one-day spring hiring spree aimed at fighting the use of the term "McJob" as shorthand for describing low-wage, dead-end work.

    The Globe and Mail - Home RSS feed

  • So it comes some surprise, but not a lot of shock that, according to this article in Time, "(McDonalds) is currently lobbying dictionary publishers to change the meaning of the word McJob - or remove it altogether - on the grounds that it denigrates the company's employees."

    McJobs, Big Business and the OED

  • Open a copy of the Oxford English Dictionary and you'll find the word McJob defined as an unstimulating, low paid job with few prospects, especially one created by the expanse of the service sector.

    CNN Transcript Mar 21, 2007

  • Despite having taken down its Web defintion of McJob, Merriam-Webster has now publicly announced that it will not remove McJob from the print and pay-for-click versions of the dictionary.

    Boing Boing: November 9, 2003 - November 15, 2003 Archives

  • Sites offer biography, books, excerpts, and interviews of the author who popularized the terms McJob and Generation X.dir. yahoo.com/...

    The Spark of Yahoo!

  • A job usually in the retail or services sector, McJob, that is low-paying, often temporary and offers minimal or no benefits or opportunity for promotion.

    CNN Transcript Nov 10, 2003

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  • 1-A temporary, go nowhere Job. 2-definitely not a good career move!

    June 24, 2009