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

  • n. A regular activity performed in exchange for payment, especially as one's trade, occupation, or profession.
  • n. A position in which one is employed.
  • n. A task that must be done: Washing the windows is not my job.
  • n. A specified duty or responsibility. See Synonyms at task.
  • n. A specific piece of work to be done for a set fee: an expensive repair job.
  • n. The object to be worked on.
  • n. Something resulting from or produced by work.
  • n. Computer Science A program application that may consist of several steps but is performed as a single logical unit.
  • n. Informal A difficult or strenuous task: It was a real job to convince them to drop the charges.
  • n. Informal A bad or unsatisfactory piece of work: The stylist did a real job on my hair.
  • n. Informal A state of affairs: Their marriage was a bad job from the start. It's a good job that we left early to avoid the traffic.
  • n. Informal A criminal act, especially a robbery: a bank job.
  • n. Informal An example of a specified type, especially of something made or constructed. Often used in combination: a new building that is just another glass and steel job; a cowboy hat that is one of those ten-gallon jobs.
  • intransitive v. To work at odd jobs.
  • intransitive v. To work by the piece.
  • intransitive v. To act as a jobber.
  • transitive v. To purchase (merchandise) from manufacturers and sell it to retailers.
  • transitive v. To arrange for (contracted work) to be done in portions by others; subcontract.
  • transitive v. To transact (official business) dishonestly for private profit.
  • idiom on the job Paying close attention; on the alert.
  • transitive v. To jab or make a jab.
  • n. A jab.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A task.
  • n. An economic role for which a person is paid.
  • n. Plastic surgery; see e.g. nose job.
  • n. A task, or series of tasks, carried out in batch mode (especially on a mainframe computer)
  • n. A thing (often used in a vague way to refer to something whose name one cannot recall)
  • v. To do odd jobs or occasional work for hire.
  • v. To work as a jobber.
  • v. To take the loss.
  • v. To buy and sell for profit, as securities; to speculate in.
  • v. To subcontract a project or delivery in small portions to a number of contractors.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A sudden thrust or stab; a jab.
  • n. A piece of chance or occasional work; any definite work undertaken in gross for a fixed price.
  • n. 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.
  • n. Any affair or event which affects one, whether fortunately or unfortunately.
  • n. A situation or opportunity of work.
  • n. A task, or the execution of a task.
  • n. 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.
  • n. The hero of the book of that name in the Old Testament; the prototypical patient man.
  • intransitive v. To do chance work for hire; to work by the piece; to do petty work.
  • intransitive v. To seek private gain under pretense of public service; to turn public matters to private advantage.
  • intransitive v. To carry on the business of a jobber in merchandise or stocks.
  • transitive v. To strike or stab with a pointed instrument.
  • transitive v. To thrust in, as a pointed instrument.
  • transitive v. To do or cause to be done by separate portions or lots; to sublet (work).
  • transitive v. To buy and sell, as a broker; to purchase of importers or manufacturers for the purpose of selling to retailers.
  • transitive v. To hire or let by the job or for a period of service.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To strike, stab, or punch, as with something pointed.
  • To drive; force.
  • To aim a blow; strike at something.
  • n. A lump.
  • n. A particular piece of work; something to be done; any undertaking of a defined or restricted character; also, an engagement for the performance of some specified work: something to do.
  • n. In printing, specifically, a piece of work of the miscellaneous class, including posters, handbills, bill-heads, cards, circulars, small pamphlets, etc.
  • n. An imposition; a trick.
  • n. An undertaking so managed as to secure unearned profit or undue advantage; especially, a public duty or trust performed or conducted with a view to improper private gain; a perversion of trust for personal benefit in doing any work.
  • n. Odd jobs, disconnected, irregular, or trivial pieces of work.
  • Specifically— Assigned to a special use, as a horse let out or hired by the week or month.
  • Bought or sold together; lumped together: used chiefly in the phrase job lot, a quantity of goods, either of a miscellaneous character, or of the same kind but of different qualities, conditions, sizes, etc., disposed of or bought as a single lot for a lump sum and at a comparatively low price.
  • To let out in separate portions, an work among different contractors or workmen: often with out: as, to job out the building of a house.
  • To let out or to hire by the week or month, as horses or carriages.
  • To buy in large quantities, and sell to dealers in smaller lots: as, to job cotton; to job cigars. See jobber, 3.
  • To deal in the public stocks on one's own account. See jobber.
  • To work at jobs or at chance work.
  • To let or to hire horses, carriages, etc., for occasional use.
  • To execute a trust in such a manner as to make it subserve unjustly one's private ends; especially, to pervert public service to private advantage.
  • To chide; reprimand.
  • n. A sudden stab, prick, or thrust, as with anything pointed; a jab.
  • n. A small piece of wood.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any long-suffering person who withstands affliction without despairing
  • n. the principal activity in your life that you do to earn money
  • n. an object worked on; a result produced by working
  • v. work occasionally
  • n. a damaging piece of work
  • n. the responsibility to do something
  • n. a workplace; as in the expression
  • n. a state of difficulty that needs to be resolved
  • n. (computer science) a program application that may consist of several steps but is a single logical unit
  • n. a specific piece of work required to be done as a duty or for a specific fee
  • n. a Jewish hero in the Old Testament who maintained his faith in God in spite of afflictions that tested him
  • v. invest at a risk
  • v. arranged for contracted work to be done by others
  • n. a book in the Old Testament containing Job's pleas to God about his afflictions and God's reply
  • v. profit privately from public office and official business
  • n. the performance of a piece of work
  • n. a crime (especially a robbery)


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

Perhaps from obsolete jobbe, piece, alteration of Middle English gobbe, lump; see gob1.
Middle English jobben, of imitative origin.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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


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  • This is a story about four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody.

    There was an important job to be done and Everybody was sure Somebody would do it.

    Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it.

    Somebody got angry about that, because it was Everybody's job.

    Everybody thought Anybody could do it, but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn't do it.

    It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have.

    January 7, 2010

  • The pronunciation given for 'job' is that for the Old Testament character (rhymes with 'globe') and not for the meanings connected with employment, etc. It should be /d??b/ (British English pronunciation), rhyming with 'bob'.

    August 8, 2009