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Definition of "hireling" []

  • One who works solely for compensation, especially a person willing to perform for a fee tasks considered menial or offensive. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "hireling" in a sentence
  • "But those are hirelings that love the wages more than the work, and set their hearts upon that, as the hireling is said to do, Deut. xxiv."
  • "Armenian (Timothy); Joseph (Epaphroditus); Zachary, who was rejected by many and called a hireling; Baanes; Sergius (Tychicus)."
  • "The time fixed for the execution of this sentence: Within three years, as the years of a hireling, that is, at the three years 'end exactly, for a servant that is hired for a certain term keeps account to a day."