• An economic role for which a person is paid.

    "That surgeon has a great job."

  • (computing) A task, or series of tasks, carried out in batch mode (especially on a mainframe computer).
  • Any affair or event which affects one, whether fortunately or unfortunately.
  • A task.

    "I've got a job for you - could you wash the dishes?"

  • (in noun compounds) Plastic surgery.

    "He had had a nose job."

  • 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.
  • An economic role for which a person is paid.

    "He's been out of a job since being made redundant in January."

  • A sudden thrust or stab; a jab.
  • A thing (often used in a vague way to refer to something whose name one cannot recall).


  • To hire or let in periods of service. to job a carriage.
  • (intransitive) To work as a jobber.
  • (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."

  • To thrust in, as a pointed instrument.
  • (intransitive) To do odd jobs or occasional work for hire.
  • (transitive, trading) To buy and sell for profit, as securities; to speculate in.
  • To strike or stab with a pointed instrument.
  • (intransitive, professional wrestling slang) To take the loss.
  • (intransitive) To seek private gain under pretence of public service; to turn public matters to private advantage.

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