Webster 1913 Edition
, a small piece of wood, v., to stab, strike; cf. E.
gobbet; perh. influenced by E.
chopto cut off, to mince. See
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.
jobfor 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.
A situation or opportunity of work;
as, he lost his.
☞ 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.
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
To strike or stab with a pointed instrument.
To thrust in, as a pointed instrument.
To do or cause to be done by separate portions or lots; to sublet (work);
To buy and sell, as a broker; to purchase of importers or manufacturers for the purpose of selling to retailers;
To hire or let by the job or for a period of service;
To do chance work for hire; to work by the piece; to do petty work.
Authors of all work, to
jobfor the season.
To seek private gain under pretense of public service; to turn public matters to private advantage.
job, and bishops bite the town.
To carry on the business of a jobber in merchandise or stocks.
The hero of the book of that name in the Old Testament; the prototypical patient man.
A false friend; a tactless or malicious person who, under pretense of sympathy, insinuates rebukes.
a kind of grass (
Coix Lacryma), with hard, shining, pearly grains.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.A piece of work; any thing to be done, whether of more or less importance. The carpenter or mason undertakes to build a house by the job. The erection of Westminster bridge was a heavy job; and it was a great job to erect Central wharf, in Boston. The mechanic has many small jobs on hand.
2.A lucrative business; an undertaking with a view to profit.
No cheek is known to blush nor heart to throb,
Save when they lose a question or a job.
3.A sudden stab with a pointed instrument. [This seems to be nearly the original sense.]
To do the job for one, to kill him.
1.To drive in a sharp pointed instrument.
The judge shall job, the bishop bite the town,
and mighty dukes pack cards for half a crown.