jobber

noun
job·​ber | \ ˈjä-bər How to pronounce jobber (audio) \

Definition of jobber

: one that jobs: such as
a(1) : wholesaler specifically : a wholesaler who operates on a small scale or who sells only to retailers and institutions
b : a person who works by the job

Examples of jobber in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Gosewich then left the business before its expansion to join Sherman’s Records chain and rack-jobber covering eastern Canada. Karen Bliss, Billboard, "Arnold Gosewich, Former President of Capitol Records Canada, Dies at 85," 22 Oct. 2019 The push came from independent distributors, known as rack jobbers, that specialized in foods then considered outside the American mainstream — Chinese, Jewish, Italian or of another origin — and were searching for places to sell them. Tim Carman, Washington Post, "To David Chang, the ‘ethnic’ food aisle is racist. Others say it’s convenient.," 30 Sep. 2019 For third-generation jobber Rick Green, who delivers food to about 50 restaurants in Indiana and Michigan, daily runs have become more complicated as Fulton Market’s longtime inhabitants have scattered. Ryan Ori, chicagotribune.com, "In exodus from Fulton Market, surviving meatpackers scatter and adapt," 13 July 2018 The City had its freewheeling parts—such as the euro markets—but the stock market was carved up by British brokers and jobbers, with Hogwartian names such as Ackroyd & Smithers. Bloomberg.com, "China Quietly Rolled Out a Very Big Bang," 19 Apr. 2018 The antipathy to horsemeat is fast vanishing, says Jim Augustine, the East Bay’s one and only mustang meat jobber. Johnny Miller, San Francisco Chronicle, "Steve McQueen in S.F. to film ‘Bullitt’," 21 Mar. 2018 His only friend is Belly Button (Bamboo Chen), a junk-collector and occasional odd-jobber who loves to drop by on his night shifts. Maggie Lee, chicagotribune.com, "'The Great Buddha +' review: Black comedy that's a digital-era homage to 'Rear Window'," 8 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of jobber

circa 1626, in the meaning defined above

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“Jobber.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jobber. Accessed 28 January 2020.

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jobber

noun

Financial Definition of jobber

What It Is

Jobber is a slang term for an agent in business, particularly trading.

How It Works

In the broadest sense of the word, a jobber is an individual who makes a living from commissions he/she earns as an agent for transactions between two parties. In this respect, a jobber might sell merchandise produced by someone else or hire himself out for various types of short-term work.

In the London Stock Exchange, a jobber is equivalent to a market maker -- a broker who is prepared to buy and sell stocks at highly competitive prices on behalf of market participants.

Why It Matters

Jobbers make the process of trading shares on the London Stock Exchange more efficient. Jobbers buy and sell their own inventory of securities to investors. Because jobbers can offer relatively fast transactions and the most current share prices to traders, they make trades happen faster and therefore make the market more liquid.

Source: Investing Answers

jobber

noun
job·​ber

Legal Definition of jobber

1 : a wholesaler who operates on a small scale or who sells only to retailers and institutions
2 : a person who works by the job

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