- a Jewish patriarch, who maintained his faith in God in spite of the afflictions sent by God to test him
- the book containing Job's pleas to God under these afflictions, attempted explanations of them by his friends, and God's reply to him
- any person who withstands great suffering without despairing
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
- a piece of work to do, esp. a specific task done as part of one's occupation or for an agreed price:had the job of mowing the lawn every Saturday.
- a position one holds as one's occupation or employment:landed a good job.
- a responsibility;
duty:It is your job to be on time.
- the performance of a task:to do a good job.
- a state of affairs;
matter:to make the best of a bad job.
- a difficult task:We had quite a job getting him to agree.
- Slang Terms[Informal.]an example of a specific type:That little sports job is a great car.
- [Slang.]a theft or similar crime:pulled off a job.
- Computinga unit of work for a computer printer:a print job.
adj. [before a noun]
- of or relating to employment:job security.
- Idiomsdo a job on, [~ + object] to affect destructively:the loss of his wife really did a job on him.
- Idiomson the job, while working;
at work:He got that injury on the job.
job•less•ness, n. [uncountable]
- a piece of work, esp. 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;
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 Termsan example of a specific or distinctive type:That little six-cylinder job was the best car I ever owned.
- Computinga 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.
- Idiomsdo a job on, [Slang.]
- to destroy, defeat, damage, or confound thoroughly:The thugs did a job on him--he'll be in the hospital for a month.
- to deceive, persuade, or charm glibly;
- Idiomson the job, alert;
observant:The cops were on the job and caught them red-handed.
- to work at jobs or odd pieces of work;
work by the piece.
- to do business as a jobber.
- to turn public business, planning, etc., improperly to private gain.
- to assign or give (work, a contract for work, etc.) in separate portions, as among different contractors or workers (often fol. 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.
- 1620–30; 1935–40 for def. 16; origin, originally uncertain
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged See task.
- 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged See position.
job2 ( job),USA pronunciation v.t., v.i., jobbed, job•bing, n.
- Middle English jobben, of uncertain origin, originally 1480–90
Job ( jōb),USA pronunciation n.
- Biblethe central figure in an Old Testament parable of the righteous sufferer.
- Biblea 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 crime, esp a robbery or burglary
- informal an article or specimen: the new car was a nice little job
- 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 ⇒ actively engaged in one's employment
- just the job ⇒ exactly what was required
- (intransitive) to work by the piece or at casual jobs
- to make a private profit out of (a public office, etc)
- (intransitive) usually followed by in: to buy and sell (goods or services) as a middleman: he jobs in government surplus
- Brit to buy and sell stocks and shares as a stockjobber