Definition of tucker job in English:

tucker job


dated, informal
  • A poorly paid job.

    ‘if a man does find a workable reef it's likely to be only a tucker job’
    • ‘I said that £500 a year was only a tucker job.’
    • ‘Oh, that was only a tucker job anyway’
    • ‘Life to these folk is mostly a tucker job.’
    • ‘If a bootless man happens along, as is sometimes the case in Victoria, he is offered a tucker job.’
    • ‘It is only a tucker job at best, and now I believe it is all up with us, or will be in a short time.’


Late 19th century: from the notion that the wage paid is enough to buy food only.