Definition of jobber in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈjäbər/


1North American A wholesaler.
Example sentences
  • He has written for several years about the ways in which jobbers and middle-men ruthlessly exploit migrant labour in the informal sector.
  • As a result, shippers, fruit jobbers, and retailers were primarily concerned about fruit weights, perishability, and aesthetic qualities, including color, flavor, and texture.
  • Automated replenishment of parts offered by jobbers is utilized by 61 percent of repair shops; 25 percent work with WDs.
2A person who does casual or occasional work.
Example sentences
  • Senators dismissed tariff opponents as a collection of ‘dealers, commission merchants, and jobbers.’
  • The taxi drivers want the Government to prioritise the number of double jobbers, reductions in incomes and increases in insurance costs.
  • A pool of silver-haired jobbers would, he said, help to dampen the rise in the value of quotations because of demand outstripping supply.
3 historical (In the UK) a principal or wholesaler who dealt only on the Stock Exchange with brokers, not directly with the public.
Example sentences
  • Brokers made a commission charged to their principals; jobbers made a ‘turn’ on the bid-ask spread always intending to buy low and sell high.
  • Transaction tax will finish day traders, jobbers and arbitragers, and cripple the share markets.
  • The decision was taken at a meeting of over 1000 day traders, arbitragers and jobbers here today.


Late 17th century (in the sense 'broker, middleman', originally not derogatory): from job1.

Words that rhyme with jobber

clobber, cobber, mobber, robber, slobber

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Syllabification: job·ber

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