hireling

noun hire·ling \ ˈhī(-ə)r-liŋ \
Updated on: 16 Mar 2018

Definition of hireling

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

Examples of hireling in a Sentence

  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

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First Known Use of hireling

before 12th century

in the meaning defined above

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Definition of hireling for English Language Learners

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


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