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jobber

[job-er]
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noun
  1. a wholesale merchant, especially one selling to retailers.
  2. a pieceworker.
  3. (formerly) a merchant who deals in special, odd, or job lots.
  4. a person who practices jobbery.
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Origin of jobber

First recorded in 1660–70; job1 + -er1
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Related Words

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Examples from the Web for jobber

Historical Examples

  • From the jobber they go to the grocer, who delivers them to the consumer.

    Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 5

    Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences

  • Lamborn Service in all its phases is available to you as a jobber.

  • That is to say, Semple arranged with a jobber, on the quiet, d'ye see?

    The Market-Place

    Harold Frederic

  • It was on this political boroughmonger and jobber that Boswell was now pinning his faith.

    James Boswell

    William Keith Leask

  • He was at the mercy of the jobber, the kerb-stone broker, the pedlar in fruit.


British Dictionary definitions for jobber

jobber

noun
  1. British short for stockjobber (def. 1)
  2. a person who jobs
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Word Origin and History for jobber

n.

"one who does odd jobs," 1706, agent noun from job.

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