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jobless

[job-lis] /ˈdʒɒb lɪs/
adjective
1.
without a job.
2.
noting or pertaining to persons without jobs, especially to those who are seeking employment.
noun
3.
(used with a plural verb) unemployed people collectively, especially those who are seeking a job (usually preceded by the).
Origin of jobless
1800-1810
First recorded in 1800-10; job1 + -less
Related forms
joblessness, noun
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  • Tens of thousands of them milling about, homeless, penniless, jobless.

    Land of the Burnt Thigh

    Edith Eudora Kohl
  • Two weeks ago he was down and out, broke, jobless, starving.

  • Enroll them in a networking club for the jobless, one of the really good ones.

    Makers

    Cory Doctorow
  • I ask him his opinion of a jobless faith, of a creed which dooms a man through life to a lean and plunderless integrity.

  • Half a thousand jobless workers, armed and reckless, marched toward the docks.

    Port O' Gold

    Louis John Stellman
British Dictionary definitions for jobless

jobless

/ˈdʒɒblɪs/
adjective
1.
  1. unemployed
  2. (as collective noun; preceded by the): the jobless
Derived Forms
joblessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for jobless

1905 (adj.), 1909 (n.), from job (n.) + -less. Related: Joblessness.

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