noun \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


Next Word in the Dictionary: hire on
Previous Word in the Dictionary: hireless
All Words Near: hireling

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up hireling? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Get Our Free Apps
Voice Search, Favorites,
Word of the Day, and More
Join Us on FB & Twitter
Get the Word of the Day and More