What does JOB mean?

Definitions for JOBdʒɒb

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word JOB.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. occupation, business, job, line of work, line(noun)

    the principal activity in your life that you do to earn money

    "he's not in my line of business"

  2. job, task, chore(noun)

    a specific piece of work required to be done as a duty or for a specific fee

    "estimates of the city's loss on that job ranged as high as a million dollars"; "the job of repairing the engine took several hours"; "the endless task of classifying the samples"; "the farmer's morning chores"

  3. job(noun)

    a workplace; as in the expression "on the job";

  4. job(noun)

    an object worked on; a result produced by working

    "he held the job in his left hand and worked on it with his right"

  5. job(noun)

    the responsibility to do something

    "it is their job to print the truth"

  6. job(noun)

    the performance of a piece of work

    "she did an outstanding job as Ophelia"; "he gave it up as a bad job"

  7. job(noun)

    a damaging piece of work

    "dry rot did the job of destroying the barn"; "the barber did a real job on my hair"

  8. problem, job(noun)

    a state of difficulty that needs to be resolved

    "she and her husband are having problems"; "it is always a job to contact him"; "urban problems such as traffic congestion and smog"

  9. Job(noun)

    a Jewish hero in the Old Testament who maintained his faith in God in spite of afflictions that tested him

  10. Job(noun)

    any long-suffering person who withstands affliction without despairing

  11. job(noun)

    (computer science) a program application that may consist of several steps but is a single logical unit

  12. Job, Book of Job(noun)

    a book in the Old Testament containing Job's pleas to God about his afflictions and God's reply

  13. caper, job(verb)

    a crime (especially a robbery)

    "the gang pulled off a bank job in St. Louis"

  14. job(verb)

    profit privately from public office and official business

  15. subcontract, farm out, job(verb)

    arranged for contracted work to be done by others

  16. job(verb)

    work occasionally

    "As a student I jobbed during the semester breaks"

  17. speculate, job(verb)

    invest at a risk

    "I bought this house not because I want to live in it but to sell it later at a good price, so I am speculating"


  1. Job(n.)

    A task, or the execution of a task; as, Michelangelo did a great job on the David statue.

  2. Job(n.)

    (Computers) 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.

  3. Origin: [Prov. E. job, gob, n., a small piece of wood, v., to stab, strike; cf. E. gob, gobbet; perh. influenced by E. chop to cut off, to mince. See Gob.]


  1. job(Noun)

    A task.

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

  2. job(Noun)

    An economic role for which a person is paid.

  3. job(Noun)

    Plastic surgery; see e.g. nose job.

  4. job(Noun)

    A task, or series of tasks, carried out in batch mode (especially on a mainframe computer)

  5. job(Verb)

    To do odd jobs or occasional work for hire.

  6. job(Verb)

    To work as a jobber.

  7. job(Verb)

    To take the loss.

  8. job(Verb)

    To buy and sell for profit, as securities; to speculate in.

  9. job(Verb)

    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.

  10. Job(ProperNoun)

    A book of the Old Testament and the Hebrew Tanakh.

  11. Job(ProperNoun)

    An Old Testament character.

  12. Origin: איוב, from איב.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Job(noun)

    a sudden thrust or stab; a jab

  2. Job(noun)

    a piece of chance or occasional work; any definite work undertaken in gross for a fixed price; as, he did the job for a thousand dollars

  3. Job(noun)

    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

  4. Job(noun)

    any affair or event which affects one, whether fortunately or unfortunately

  5. Job(noun)

    a situation or opportunity of work; as, he lost his job

  6. Job(verb)

    to strike or stab with a pointed instrument

  7. Job(verb)

    to thrust in, as a pointed instrument

  8. Job(verb)

    to do or cause to be done by separate portions or lots; to sublet (work); as, to job a contract

  9. Job(verb)

    to buy and sell, as a broker; to purchase of importers or manufacturers for the purpose of selling to retailers; as, to job goods

  10. Job(verb)

    to hire or let by the job or for a period of service; as, to job a carriage

  11. Job(verb)

    to do chance work for hire; to work by the piece; to do petty work

  12. Job(verb)

    to seek private gain under pretense of public service; to turn public matters to private advantage

  13. Job(verb)

    to carry on the business of a jobber in merchandise or stocks

  14. Job(noun)

    the hero of the book of that name in the Old Testament; the typical patient man

  15. Origin: [Prov. E. job, gob, n., a small piece of wood, v., to stab, strike; cf. E. gob, gobbet; perh. influenced by E. chop to cut off, to mince. See Gob.]


  1. JOB

    JOB rolling papers are a popular brand of cigarette paper produced by Republic Tobacco in Perpignan, France. In 1838, a French craftsman named Jean Bardou came up with the idea for a booklet of rolling papers made of thin, pure rice paper. The booklets were a success and Bardou's trademark, the initials "JB" separated by a diamond, became such a common sight that people began referring to them as JOB, thus the brand-name was born. By 1849 he filed for a patent for "Papier JOB". In the late 1890s, the company hired art nouveau artist Alphonse Mucha, as well as many other artists, to design advertising posters for the brand. Mucha drew a sinuous long-haired goddess holding a rolled cigarette. The image was inspired by Michelangelo's Sibyls from the Sistine Chapel. The poster image was so popular that it was sold as a lithograph. In 2008, the company commissioned Stuckist artist, Paul Harvey to create a campaign series of posters with a stylistic reference to Alphonse Mucha. Harvey made works featuring famous double acts to emphasise the sales message of "The Original Double", a reference to the twin-size packets of papers made by Job. Harvey's enthusiasm for the project came about because "Mucha is one of his heroes", said Mark Ross, the director of Glorious Creative agency managing the campaign. The work created some controversy: Gilbert and George gave their endorsement to the images, but The Mighty Boosh and The White Stripes were not pleased to be featured. Famous Doubles, a show of the original paintings used for the posters, was promoted at the Wanted Gallery in Notting Hill by Fraser Kee Scott, director of the A Gallery.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Job

    job, n. a sudden stroke or stab with a pointed instrument like a beak.—v.t. to strike or stab suddenly:—pr.p. job′bing; pa.p. jobbed. [Gael. gob, W. gwp, a bird's beak; conn. with gobble, job.]

  2. Job

    job, n. any piece of work, esp. of a trifling or temporary nature: miscellaneous printing-work: any undertaking with a view to profit: a mean transaction, in which private gain is sought under pretence of public service.—adj. of a particular job or transaction, assigned to a special use: bought or sold lumped together.—v.i. to work at jobs: to buy and sell as a broker: to hire or let out by the week or month, esp. horses.—ns. Job′ber, one who jobs: one who buys and sells, as a broker or middleman: one who turns official actions to private advantage: one who engages in a mean lucrative affair; Job′bery, jobbing: unfair means employed to procure some private end; Job′-mas′ter, a livery-stable keeper who jobs out horses and carriages.—A bad job, an unfortunate affair; Odd jobs, occasional pieces of work. [Formerly gob—O. Fr. gob, a mouthful; from the same Celtic root as gobble.]

  3. Job

    jōb, n. a monument of patience—from Job in Scripture.—n. Jobā′tion, a tedious scolding.—Job's comforter, one who aggravates the distress of an unfortunate man he has come to comfort; Job's news, bad news; Job's post, the bearer of bad news.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. JOB

    An uncertain commodity regulated by a Union Card.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'JOB' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #453

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'JOB' in Written Corpus Frequency: #279

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'JOB' in Nouns Frequency: #70


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of JOB in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of JOB in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Deon Joseph:

    I needed a job.

  2. Susan Collins:

    Our job is not done.

  3. Devan Arbay:

    He truly loved his job.

  4. Doug Herzog:

    John Oliver's got a job.

  5. Hillary Clinton:

    He is doing a great job.

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