Definition of jobsworth in English:

Share this entry

jobsworth

Pronunciation: /ˈdʒɒbzwəːθ/

noun

British informal
An official who upholds petty rules even at the expense of humanity or common sense: parks abound with jobsworths who delight in yelling that you can’t do that without special permission
More example sentences
  • This bore was regaling anyone who cared to listen with the story of how an officious jobsworth had refused him admission to some function or other.
  • I fear this is just down to jobsworths and political correctness.
  • Grandmas were unable to visit grandchildren; lovers were separated by the jobsworths at the ‘Bloodcheck’ booths.

Origin

1970s: from ‘it's more than my job's worth (not) to’.

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: jobs|worth

Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.