jobless

[ job-lis ]
/ ˈdʒɒb lɪs /

adjective

without a job.
noting or pertaining to persons without jobs, especially to those who are seeking employment.

noun

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

Nearby words

  1. jobbing,
  2. jobbing printer,
  3. jobcentre,
  4. jobclub,
  5. jobholder,
  6. jobs, steven,
  7. jobseeker's allowance,
  8. jobsworth,
  9. joburg,
  10. jocasta

Origin of jobless

First recorded in 1800–10; job1 + -less

Related formsjob·less·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for jobless

jobless

/ (ˈdʒɒblɪs) /

adjective

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

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Word Origin and History for jobless

jobless

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

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