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[job-lis] /ˈdʒɒb lɪs/
without a job.
noting or pertaining to persons without jobs, especially to those who are seeking employment.
(used with a plural verb) unemployed people collectively, especially those who are seeking a job (usually preceded by the).
Origin of jobless
1800-10; job1 + -less
Related forms
joblessness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for jobless
  • Many jobless people, he realized, cannot afford a car to reach a job site.
  • The crash of the housing bubble exasperated the recession, delayed the recovery, and created the jobless aftermath.
  • And there was the recession and today's jobless recovery to worry us.
  • Do expect it to leave thousands of people jobless or working ungodly hours for low wages in toxic sweatshops.
  • In the short term, this is one of several factors behind the so-called jobless recovery.
  • Instead, the controversial publisher found herself jobless.
  • Government aid failed to meet the needs of all the hungry, homeless and jobless.
  • All of my advice is supposed to be for the nontenured or the jobless.
  • jobless, penniless and on the brink of homelessness.
  • Moreover, there are about four jobless people for every job opening in this country right now.
British Dictionary definitions for jobless


  1. unemployed
  2. (as collective noun; preceded by the): the jobless
Derived Forms
joblessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for jobless

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

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