hireling

  • 1 Hireling — Hire ling, a. Serving for hire or wages; venal; mercenary. Hireling mourners. Dryden. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 hireling — [hīr′liŋ] n. [ HIRE + LING1] a person who is for hire; esp., one who will follow anyone s orders for pay; mercenary adj. of or like a hireling; mercenary …

    English World dictionary

  • 3 Hireling — Hire ling (h[imac]r l[i^]ng), n. [AS. h[=y]reling. See {Hire}, n., and { ling}.] One who is hired, or who serves for wages; esp., one whose motive and interest in serving another are wholly gainful; a mercenary. Lewd hirelings. Milton. [1913… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 hireling — index employee, mercenary Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 5 hireling — one who works for hire, O.E. hyrling; see HIRE (Cf. hire) + LING (Cf. ling). As an adjective by 1580s …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 6 hireling — adj *mercenary, venal, hack Analogous words: servile, menial, *subservient: *mean, abject, sordid …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 7 hireling — ► NOUN chiefly derogatory ▪ a person who is hired, especially for morally dubious or illegal work …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 hireling — noun /ˈhaɪrˌlɪŋ/ a) an employee who is hired, often to perform unpleasant tasks with little independence When my poor James was in the smallpox, did I allow any hireling to nurse him? b) someone who does a job purely for money, rather than out of …

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  • 9 hireling — UK [ˈhaɪə(r)lɪŋ] / US [ˈhaɪrlɪŋ] noun [countable] Word forms hireling : singular hireling plural hirelings mainly literary someone who is willing to do unpleasant or illegal jobs for people in order to earn money …

    English dictionary

  • 10 hireling — [[t]ha͟ɪ͟ə(r)lɪŋ[/t]] hirelings N COUNT (disapproval) If you refer to someone as a hireling, you disapprove of them because they do not care who they work for and they are willing to do illegal or immoral things as long as they are paid …

    English dictionary

  • 11 hireling — noun Date: before 12th century a person who serves for hire especially for purely mercenary motives …

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  • 12 hireling — /huyeur ling/, n. 1. a person who works only for pay, esp. in a menial or boring job, with little or no concern for the value of the work. adj. 2. serving for pay only. 3. venal; mercenary. [bef. 1000; late ME hirlyng, OE hyrling. See HIRE,… …

    Universalium

  • 13 Hireling —    A labourer employed on hire for a limited time (Job 7:1; 14:6; Mark 1:20). His wages were paid as soon as his work was over (Lev. 19:13). In the time of our Lord a day s wage was a penny (q.v.) i.e., a Roman denarius (Matt. 20:1 14) …

    Easton's Bible Dictionary

  • 14 hireling — Synonyms and related words: adventurer, assistant, condottiere, drudge, employee, free lance, girl Friday, grub, grubber, gun, gunman, hack, hired gun, hired hand, hired killer, hired man, man Friday, mercenary, myrmidon, pensioner, professional… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 15 hireling — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. mercenary, henchman, minion, servant. II (Roget s IV) n. Syn. hack, worker, aide; see employee , laborer , worker . III (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun One who is employed by another: employee, jobholder …

    English dictionary for students

  • 16 hireling — hire|ling [ˈhaıəlıŋ US ˈhaır ] n old fashioned someone who will work for anyone who will pay them used to show disapproval …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 17 hireling — hire·ling || haɪə(r)lɪŋ n. paid worker; hired hand …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 18 hireling — noun chiefly derogatory a person employed to undertake menial work, especially on a casual basis …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 19 hireling — I. n. 1. Mercenary, hired soldier. 2. Hired servant. II. a. Mercenary, venal …

    New dictionary of synonyms

  • 20 hireling — noun (C) someone who will work for anyone who is willing to pay …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English