noun hire·ling \ˈhī(-ə)r-liŋ\

: a person who is paid for doing a job that is not respected or that is considered morally wrong

Full Definition of HIRELING

:  a person who serves for hire especially for purely mercenary motives

Examples of HIRELING

  1. She's one of the political hirelings who run the candidate's campaign.
  2. <demanded to speak to the store's owner and not one of his hirelings>

First Known Use of HIRELING

before 12th century


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