a piece of work, especially a specific task done as part of the routine of one’s occupation or for an agreed price:
She gave him the job of mowing the lawn.
a post of employment; full-time or part-time position:
She was seeking a job as an editor.
anything a person is expected or obliged to do; duty; responsibility:
It is your job to be on time.
an affair, matter, occurrence, or state of affairs:
to make the best of a bad job.
the material, project, assignment, etc., being worked upon:
The housing project was a long and costly job.
the process or requirements, details, etc., of working:
It was a tedious job.
the execution or performance of a task:
She did a good job.
Slang. a theft or similar criminal action:
The police caught the gang that pulled that bank job.
a public or official act or decision carried through for the sake of improper private gain.
Slang. an example of a specific or distinctive type:
That little six-cylinder job was the best car I ever owned.
Computers. a unit of work for a computer, generally comprising an application program or group of related programs and the data, linkages, and instructions to the operating system needed for running the programs.
verb (used without object), jobbed, jobbing.
to work at jobs or odd pieces of work; work by the piece.
to do business as a .
to turn public business, planning, etc., improperly to private gain.
verb (used with object), jobbed, jobbing.
to assign or give (work, a contract for work, etc.) in separate portions, as among different contractors or workers (often followed by out):
He jobbed out the contract to a number of small outfits.
to buy in large quantities, as from wholesalers or manufacturers, and sell to dealers in smaller quantities:
He jobs shoes in Ohio and Indiana.
to get rid of or dispose of:
His party jobbed him when he sought a second term in office.
to swindle or trick (someone):
They jobbed him out of his property.
to carry on (public or official business) for improper private gain.
of or for a particular job or transaction.
bought, sold, or handled together:
He’s too big a customer to buy in less than job quantities.
do a job on, Slang.
on the job, alert; observant:
The cops were on the job and caught them red-handed.
verb (used with or without object), jobbed, jobbing, noun
the central figure in an Old Testament parable of the righteous sufferer.
a book of the Bible bearing his name.
a male given name: from a Hebrew word meaning “persecuted.”.
an individual piece of work or task
an occupation; post of employment
an object worked on or a result produced from working
a duty or responsibility: her job was to cook the dinner
(informal) a difficult task or problem: I had a job to contact him
a state of affairs: make the best of a bad job, it’s a good job I saw you
(informal) a damaging piece of work: he really did a job on that
(informal) a crime, esp a robbery or burglary
(informal) an article or specimen: the new car was a nice little job
an instance of jobbery
(computing) a unit of work for a computer consisting of a single complete task submitted by a user
jobs for the boys, appointments given to or created for allies or favourites
on the job
just the job, exactly what was required
verb jobs, jobbing, jobbed
(intransitive) to work by the piece or at casual jobs
to make a private profit out of (a public office, etc)
(intransitive) usually foll by in
(transitive) often foll by out. to apportion (a contract, work, etc) among several contractors, workers, etc
any person who withstands great suffering without despairing
1550s, in phrase jobbe of worke “piece of work” (contrasted with continuous labor), of uncertain origin, perhaps a variant of gobbe “mass, lump” (c.1400; see gob) via sense of “a cart-load.” Sense of “work done for pay” first recorded 1650s. Thieves’ slang sense of “theft, robbery, a planned crime” is from 1722. Printing sense is from 1795. Slang meaning “specimen, thing, person” is from 1927.
job. (1) A low mean lucrative busy affair. (2) Petty, piddling work; a piece of chance work. [Johnson’s Dictionary]
On the job “hard at work” is from 1882. Job lot is from obsolete sense of “cartload, lump,” which might also ultimately be from gob. Job security attested by 1954; job description by 1920; job-sharing by 1972.
1660s, “to buy and sell as a broker,” from job (n.). Meaning “to cheat, betray” is from 1903. Related: Jobbed; jobbing.
Biblical masc. proper name, from Hebrew Iyyobh, which according to some scholars is literally “hated, persecuted,” from ayyabh “he was hostile to,” related to ebhah “enmity.” Others say it means “the penitent one.”
In the Old Testament, a man whose faith was severely tested by Satan, with God’s permission. Job was the most prosperous and happy of men, who faithfully praised God for God’s goodness. In order to get him to curse God, Satan destroyed all that Job owned, killed his children, and struck Job himself with vile sores from head to foot. False friends of Job’s suggested that he should abandon his beliefs (see Job’s comforters). But even in absolute misery, Job would not curse God, saying instead, “The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away: blessed be the name of the Lord.” As a reward for his steadfast faith, God healed Job and “gave him twice as much as he had before.”
Note: Figuratively, any long-suffering person can be said to be “as patient as Job.”
To deceive; cheat; double cross, frame: Crying that he had been jobbed/ got absolutely jobbed out of the Heisman (1731+)
bag job, blow job, boob job, con game, give someone a grease job, grease job, hand job, hatchet job, inside job, lay down on the job, lube, mental job, nose job, put-up job, sex job, shack job, snow job, torch job, turnkey job
persecuted, an Arabian patriarch who resided in the land of Uz (q.v.). While living in the midst of great prosperity, he was suddenly overwhelmed by a series of sore trials that fell upon him. Amid all his sufferings he maintained his integrity. Once more God visited him with the rich tokens of his goodness and even greater prosperity than he had enjoyed before. He survived the period of trial for one hundred and forty years, and died in a good old age, an example to succeeding generations of integrity (Ezek. 14:14, 20) and of submissive patience under the sorest calamities (James 5:11). His history, so far as it is known, is recorded in his book.
- Job satisfaction
noun 1. the extent to which a person’s hopes, desires, and expectations about the employment he is engaged in are fulfilled
noun 1. a person who is actively looking for employment.
- Job security
jargon When some piece of code is written in a particularly obscure fashion, and no good reason (such as time or space optimisation) can be discovered, it is often said that the programmer was attempting to increase his job security (i.e. by making himself indispensable for maintenance). This sour joke seldom has to be said […]
noun 1. a worker who readies or adjusts machinery for tooling on the production line.