- A sudden thrust or stab; a jab.
- 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.
- 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.
- Any affair or event which affects one, whether fortunately or unfortunately.(Colloq)
- A situation or opportunity of work; as, he lost his job .(Colloq)
- A task, or the execution of a task; as, Michelangelo did a great job on the David statue.
- [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.
Note: ☞ Job is used adjectively to signify doing jobs used for jobs, or let on hire to do jobs; as, job printer; job master; job horse; job wagon, etc.
Etymology: 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