Definition of


  1. (noun, act) a damaging piece of work
    the barber did a real job on my hair
  2. (noun, act) the performance of a piece of work
    he gave it up as a bad job
  3. (noun, act) the principal activity in your life that you do to earn money
  4. (noun, act) the responsibility to do something
  5. (noun, act) a specific piece of work required to be done as a duty or for a specific fee
    the job of repairing the engine took several hours
    the endless task of classifying the samples
    the farmer's morning chores
  6. (noun, act) a crime (especially a robbery)
  7. (noun, artifact) a workplace; as in the expression
  8. (noun, artifact) an object worked on; a result produced by working
  9. (noun, communication) a book in the Old Testament containing Job's pleas to God about his afflictions and God's reply
  10. (noun, communication) (computer science) a program application that may consist of several steps but is a single logical unit
  11. (noun, person) any long-suffering person who withstands affliction without despairing
  12. (noun, person) a Jewish hero in the Old Testament who maintained his faith in God in spite of afflictions that tested him
  13. (noun, state) a state of difficulty that needs to be resolved
    it is always a job to contact him
    urban problems such as traffic congestion and smog
  14. (verb, possession) invest at a risk
  15. (verb, social) work occasionally
  16. (verb, social) arranged for contracted work to be done by others
  17. (verb, social) profit privately from public office and official business

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Job

  1. 1557, in phrase jobbe of worke "piece of work" (contrasted with continuous labor), perhaps a variant of gobbe "mass, lump" (c.1400, see gob). Sense of "work done for pay" first recorded 1660. Slang meaning "specimen, thing, person" is from 1927. The verb is attested from 1670. On the job "hard at work" is from 1882. Jobber "one who does odd jobs" is … more
  2. the Biblical name, Heb., lit. "hated, persecuted," from ayyabh "he was hostile to," related to ebhah "enmity." more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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