Definition of jobsworth noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈdʒɒbzwɜːθ//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʒɑːbzwɜːrθ//
(British English, informal, disapproving)
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a person who follows the rules of a job exactly, even when this causes problems for other people, or when the rules are not sensible Avoid Mr Jobsworth! The sort of man who says when you need a door opened to save a long walk ‘It’s more than my job’s worth, mate’. Word Origin1970s: from “it's more than my job's worth (not) to”.