jobber

noun

job·​ber ˈjä-bər How to pronounce jobber (audio)
: 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 Read full article Now the last-place Sox are the beleaguered jobbers taking a beating at their home park. Peter Abraham, BostonGlobe.com, 6 Aug. 2023 Between his backstage segments, and being protected in defeat, Leon Ruff is quietly going from a glorified jobber to a legitimate midcarder. Alfred Konuwa, Forbes, 12 May 2021 There’s real love out there for his performance, and his journey from child star to behind-the-scenes jobber to indie heartthrob is the type of narrative that voters can get behind. Vulture, 10 Jan. 2023 Gosewich then left the business before its expansion to join Sherman’s Records chain and rack-jobber covering eastern Canada. Karen Bliss, Billboard, 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, 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, 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, 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, 21 Mar. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1626, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of jobber was circa 1626

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Cite this Entry

“Jobber.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jobber. Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

jobber

noun
job·​ber ˈjäb-ər How to pronounce jobber (audio)
: a person who buys goods and then sells them to usually smaller dealers

Legal Definition

jobber

noun
job·​ber
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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