—n. 1. 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. 2. a post of employment; full-time or part-time position: She was seeking a job as an editor. 3. anything a person is expected or obliged to do; duty; responsibility: It is your job to be on time. 4. an affair, matter, occurrence, or state of affairs: to make the best of a bad job. 5. the material, project, assignment, etc., being worked upon: The housing project was a long and costly job. 6. the process or requirements, details, etc., of working: It was a tedious job. 7. the execution or performance of a task: She did a good job. 8. Slang.a theft or similar criminal action: The police caught the gang that pulled that bank job. 9. a public or official act or decision carried through for the sake of improper private gain.
10. Slang.an example of a specific or distinctive type: That little six-cylinder job was the best car I ever owned. 11. Computers.a 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.
12. do a job on,Slang. a. to destroy, defeat, damage, or confound thoroughly: The thugs did a job on him--he'll be in the hospital for a month. b. to deceive, persuade, or charm glibly; snow.
13. on the job, alert; observant: The cops were on the job and caught them red-handed.
—v.i. 1. to work at jobs or odd pieces of work; work by the piece.
2. to do business as a jobber.
3. to turn public business, planning, etc., improperly to private gain.
—v.t. 1. 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. 2. to buy in large quantities, as from wholesalers or manufacturers, and sell to dealers in smaller quantities: He jobs shoes in Ohio and Indiana. 3. to get rid of or dispose of: His party jobbed him when he sought a second term in office. 4. to swindle or trick (someone): They jobbed him out of his property. 5. to carry on (public or official business) for improper private gain.
—adj. 1. of or for a particular job or transaction.
2. bought, sold, or handled together: He's too big a customer to buy in less than job quantities.
Pronunciation: ( jōb),[key] —n. 1. the central figure in an Old Testament parable of the righteous sufferer.
2. a book of the Bible bearing his name.
3. a male given name: from a Hebrew word meaning “persecuted.”