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Usage statistics for the noun job:

spoken English61.85%written English38.15% conversational speech38.76%task-oriented speech61.24% imaginative writing46.15%informational writing53.85%
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Definition of the noun job

What does job mean as a name of something?

Job is one of the top 100 most common nouns in the English language.View more statistics!

noun - plural:

  • job: jobs
  • Job: -

  1. the principal activity in your life that you do to earn money
  2. a specific piece of work required to be done as a duty or for a specific fee
    • examples: 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
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonyms of job: chore / task
    • more generic word: duty = work that you are obliged to perform for moral or legal reasons
    • more specific terms:
  3. a workplace; as in the expression `on the job'
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic words: work / workplace = a place where work is done
  4. an object worked on; a result produced by working
    • example: he held the job in his left hand and worked on it with his right
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic words: product / production = an artifact that has been created by someone or some process
  5. the responsibility to do something
    • example: it is their job to print the truth
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic words: duty / obligation / responsibility = the social force that binds you to the courses of action demanded by that force
  6. the performance of a piece of work
    • examples: she did an outstanding job as Ophelia | he gave it up as a bad job
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic word: work = activity directed toward making or doing something
  7. a damaging piece of work
    • examples: dry rot did the job of destroying the barn | the barber did a real job on my hair
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic word: work = activity directed toward making or doing something
  8. a state of difficulty that needs to be resolved
    • example: it is always a job to contact him
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • synonym of job: problem
    • more generic word: difficulty = a condition or state of affairs almost beyond one's ability to deal with and requiring great effort to bear or overcome
    • more specific terms:
      • race problem = a social and political problem caused by conflict between races occupying the same or adjacent regions
      • balance-of-payments problem = an economic problem caused by payments for imports being greater than receipts for exports
  9. a Jewish hero in the Old Testament who maintained his faith in God in spite of afflictions that tested him
    • lexical domain: People - nouns denoting people
    • instance of: hero = a man distinguished by exceptional courage and nobility and strength
  10. any long-suffering person who withstands affliction without despairing
  11. (computer science) a program application that may consist of several steps but is a single logical unit
  12. a book in the Old Testament containing Job's pleas to God about his afflictions and God's reply
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • synonym of Job: Book of Job
    • instance of: book = a major division of a long written composition
    • part of: Old Testament = the collection of books comprising the sacred scripture of the Hebrews and recording their history as the chosen people; Hagiographa / Ketubim / Writings = the third of three divisions of the Hebrew Scriptures
  13. a crime (especially a robbery)
    • example: the gang pulled off a bank job in St. Louis
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of job: caper
    • more generic word: robbery = larceny by threat of violence

Alternative definition of the noun job


  1. A task.
  2. An economic role for which a person is paid.
  3. [context: in noun compounds] Plastic surgery; see e.g. nose job.
  4. [computing] A task, or series of tasks, carried out in batch mode (especially on a mainframe computer)

Definition of the verb job

What does job mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: jobbed, jobbing

  1. profit privately from public office and official business
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • more generic words: cheat / chisel = engage in deceitful behavior
  2. arranged for contracted work to be done by others
  3. work occasionally
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • more generic terms: do work / work = be employed
  4. invest at a risk
    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • synonym of job: speculate
    • more generic words: commit / invest / place / put = make an investment
    • more specific word: bull = try to raise the price of stocks through speculative buying


  1. Job is the central character of the Book of Job in the Bible. Job is considered a prophet in the Abrahamic Religions: Islam, Christianity and Judaism. In rabbinical literature Iyov. is called one of the prophets of the Gentiles.
  2. Job: Jacques Marie Gaston Onfroy de Bréville, known by the pen name Job after his initials was a French artist and illustrator.
    • also known as Jacques Marie Gaston Onfroy de Bréville, Jacques Onfroy de Bréville
    • born on (157 years ago)
    • nationality: France
    • profession: Illustrator, artist, visual artist
    • died on (84 years ago) in Neuilly-sur-Seine
  3. Job is a Swiss francophone comics creator. He is probably best known for his western children's comics series Yakari, of which he has written the scenario since 1973.
    • born on (88 years ago) in Delémont
  4. Job a.k.a. Job in Islam: Job is considered a prophet in Islam and is mentioned in the Qur'an. Job's story in Islam is similar to the Hebrew Bible story; but in Islam, the emphasis is paid on Job remaining steadfast to God and there is no mention of lengthy discussions with friends. However, later Muslim literature states that Job had brothers, who argued with the man about the cause of his affliction. Some Muslim commentators also spoke of Job as being the ancestor of the Romans.
  5. Job a.k.a. Ricardo Job Estévão, better known as Job, is an Angolan football midfielder, who plays for Petro Atlético in the Girabola.

There are other people with in their name, like Ann Job, Job Mann, Job Seda, Nick Job, Job Cohen, Job Jaime, Job Kuijt, Job Orton, Detlef Job, Enrico Job and many others.


  1. Job a.k.a. Jöb is a musical group.
    • album: "Rosary Beeds 'n' Ice Cream"
  2. Job is an american funeral doom metal music band.
    • album: "A Psalm for the First Cause and Last Refuge"

There are other groups with in their name, like Job Karma, Power Job, On The Job, On-the-Job, Bingo Hand Job, Job for a Cowboy and The Very Job Agency.


JOB rolling papers are a popular brand of cigarette paper produced by Republic Tobacco in Perpignan, France.


  1. Job is a fictional character from the 2012 film Poppins.
  2. Job is a fictional character from the 2009 film Thirunakkara Perumal.
  3. Job is a fictional representation of the biblical figure of the same name.
    • also known as Іов, Йов
  4. Job is a fictional character from the TV series Banshee.
  5. Job is a fictional character from Redland.
  6. Job is a fictional character from A Woman Called Job.
  7. Job a.k.a. Jób is a fictional character from the 1983 film The Revolt of Job.
  8. Job is a fictional character from the 2011 film Panya Raenu.
  9. Job is a fictional film character, book character.
  10. Job is a fictional character from the 2003 film James' Journey to Jerusalem.
  11. Job is a fictional character from the 1984 film The Children of the Corn.
  12. Job is a fictional character from the 1950 film Treasure Island.

There are other characters with in their name, like JOB'S, Odd Job, Odd-Job, Blow Job, Hand Job, Snow Job, Job Seeker and Job Candidate.


  1. "Job" a.k.a. "Job, the story of a simple man": Job is a 1930 novel by the Austrian writer Joseph Roth. It has the subtitle "The Story of a Simple Man". It tells the story of an orthodox Jew whose faith is weakened when he moves from Tsarist Russia to New York. The story is based on the Book of Job.
  2. "Job" is a play by Thomas Bradshaw.
  3. "Job" is a play by Pope John Paul II.
  4. "Job" is a book by Donal J. O'Connor.
    • also known as "Job: his wife, his friends, and his God"
  5. "Job" is a book by Joseph Freeman.
    • also known as "Job: the story of a Holocaust survivor"

There are many other writings with this title.


"Job" is a short film, directed by Doniphan Blair.


  1. "Job" is a monument by Ivan Meštrović.
  2. "Job" is a bronze sculpture, created by American artist Judith Shea. It is located on the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis campus in Indianapolis, Indiana. The piece was created in 2005 and placed on loan at Herron School of Art and Design for the school's first Public Sculpture Invitational, held between May 2005 and August 2006. In 2008, Herron acquired Job and it was acquired with financial support from Jane Fortune, Dr. Robert Hesse, William Fortune Jr., and Joseph Blakley.
    • completed in (10 years ago)
  3. "Job" is a sculpture (bronze) by Abbott Pattison, begun in (56 years ago).
    • media: bronze


  1. "Job" is a musical single of Nubs.
    • released in (35 years ago)
  2. "Job" is a musical album of Naftule's Dream.
  3. "Job" is a musical album of A Toys Orchestra.
    • released in (14 years ago)


  1. Job a.k.a. Job, Kentucky: Job is an unincorporated community located in Martin County, Kentucky, United States.
  2. Job a.k.a. Job, West Virginia: Job is an unincorporated community in Randolph County, West Virginia, United States. Job is 4.5 miles south-southwest of Harman.


  1. Job: A job is an activity, often regular, and often performed in exchange for payment. A person usually begins a job by becoming an employee, volunteering, or starting a business. The duration of a job may range from an hour to a lifetime. The activity that requires a person's mental or physical effort is work. If a person is trained for a certain type of job, they may have a profession. The series of jobs a person holds in their life is their career.
    • also known as 職業
  2. Job: In professional wrestling slang, the term job describes a losing performance in a wrestling match. It is derived from the euphemism "doing one's job", which was employed to protect kayfabe. The term can be used a number of ways. When a wrestler is booked to lose a match it is described as "a job." The act itself is described with the verb jobbing, while the act of booking to job is called jobbing out. To lose a match fairly is to job cleanly. Wrestlers who routinely lose matches are known as jobbers.
  3. Job is a 2012 theater production of the play by Thomas Bradshaw.
  4. Job: Dorothy Thompson's translation of Joseph Roth's "Job".
  5. Job is a file format.
  6. Job a.k.a. Joba Language is an human language.
    • also known as Kijoba, Vira, Kivira, Loba

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Job

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Google previewThey Say Cutback, We Say Fight Back! (2011)

Welfare Activism in an Era of Retrenchment by Ellen Reese

A Job Is a Right Campaign. 1997. “Why W-2 Workers Need a Union.” Flyer. ———.

Google previewMollie's Job (2001)

A Story of Life and Work on the Global Assembly Line by William M. Adler

Mollie's Job is the story of North American labor and capital during the latter half of the twentieth century and the dawn of the twenty-first.

Google previewInside the Music Business (2003)

by Tony Barrow, Julian Newby

The job is a crucial one, however, for it is the producer who both interprets the material for recording and, in collaboration with the studio engineer (another unsung hero), oversees the recording process through from composition to the finished ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Management Theory (2013)

by Eric H. Kessler

As follows from its definition, job resources may play either an intrinsic motivational role because they foster employees' growth, learning, and development, or they may play an extrinsic motivational role because they are instrumental in ...

Google previewDictionary of Health Education (2009)

by David Bedworth, Albert E Bedworth

JOB ANALYSIS the analysis q.v. of the criterion performance q.v. into 1. In the construction of aptitude tests, subskills. 2. A technique used to gain an understanding of what a task entails and ...

Google previewHealthcare Management Dictionary (2003)

by Annie Phillips

hours worked 4 Main job purpose (key role(s) and result areas) 5 duties and responsibilities 6 specific limitations of authority 7 areas of responsibility 8 working relationships (reporting and accountability arrangements) 9 any personal ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Strategic Leadership and Management (2016)

by Wang, Victor C. X.

According to the widely used Holmes-Rahe Social Adjustment Scale, losing one's job ranks among the top 10 of 43 stressful life events (Holmes & Rahe, 1967). Displaced job seekers face a number of issues, often including chronic stress, ...

Google previewMarketing dictionary (2000)

by Wolfgang J. Koschnick

job analysis, pi analyses A thorough examination and breakdown of the ability and experience requirements, work conditions ...

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Usage statistics about job

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the noun job:

spoken English61.85%written English38.15% conversational speech38.76%task-oriented speech61.24% imaginative writing46.15%informational writing53.85%

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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb job:


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Quotes about Job

You really should not do this job unless you're willing to put in that enormous amount of effort. You should not do the job unless you're willing to take risks. And you shouldn't do the job unless you're willing to lose the job, too. (Anthony A. Williams)
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Scrabble value of J8O1B3

The value of this 3-letter word is 12 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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