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  1. (used with a plural verb) unemployed people collectively, especially those who are seeking a job (usually preceded by the).

Origin of jobless

First recorded in 1800–10; job1 + -less
Related formsjob·less·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of jobless

  • 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.


    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


    1. unemployed
    2. (as collective noun; preceded by the)the jobless
Derived Formsjoblessness, 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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