hourly

adverb
hour·​ly | \ˈau̇(-ə)r-lē \

Definition of hourly 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: at or during every hour also : frequently, continually

hourly

adjective

Definition of hourly (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : occurring hour by hour hourly bus service

b : frequent, continual in hourly expectation of the rain's stopping

2 : computed in terms of an hour an hourly wage

3 : paid by the hour hourly workers

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Examples of hourly in a Sentence

Adverb

that couple argues hourly, about everything

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Merkley wrote his amendment to apply to hourly, not salaried, workers. Jenna Sauers, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Women Really Quit Breastfeeding," 17 July 2018 Vietnam veteran Bill Nutter died in 2016 while an aide who was supposed to check on him hourly allegedly played video games on her computer and didn’t check on him at all. BostonGlobe.com, "Secret VA nursing-home ratings hid poor quality care from public," 18 June 2018 Being eliminated as the factory shuts down are 205 hourly and 31 salaried positions. Rick Romell, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "GE to close Waukesha engine plant, cutting 236 jobs over 8 months," 29 June 2018 Vietnam veteran Bill Nutter died in 2016 while an aide who was supposed to check on him hourly allegedly played video games on her computer and didn’t check on him at all. BostonGlobe.com, "Secret VA nursing-home ratings hid poor quality care from public," 18 June 2018 Vietnam veteran Bill Nutter died in 2016 while an aide who was supposed to check on him hourly allegedly played video games on her computer and didn’t check on him at all. USA TODAY, "Secret VA nursing home ratings hide poor quality care from the public," 17 June 2018 Janitors in downtown Detroit buildings are paid hourly wages ranging between $9.25 and $12.45, which leaves some workers depending on public assistance to meet financial needs, according to the release. Detroit Free Press, "Janitors to rally for higher wages today in downtown Detroit," 14 June 2018 The northbound trains leave Fort Lauderdale hourly between 6:55 a.m. and 7:55 p.m. during the week. Wayne K. Roustan, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Brightline tweaks train schedule for Miami addition," 26 Apr. 2018 Income will vary on the type of position and number of hours worked, but freelancers can often rack up hourly rates that go as high as $200 per hour, according to Upwork representatives. Talia Avakian, Time, "Here's Everything You Need to Travel the World," 2 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The hourly rate is about $9, but agents can earn up to $13 with incentives and bonuses or up to $30 for special projects. Mary Hunt, Woman's Day, "8 Easy Ways to Make Money Online," 12 June 2018 For example, McDonald’s offers paid leave to corporate employees, but the vast majority of its 375,000 workers are hourly and not covered. Simon Montlake, The Christian Science Monitor, "Paid family leave: While US lags behind, more states set policies," 12 July 2018 Classic, with 17 employees at four area locations, has raised opticians’ hourly pay from $13 to about $17 the past year, but the large chains are still paying a dollar or two more. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, "Flexible hours, $10,000 referral fee: Small businesses get creative to hire in tight labor market," 11 July 2018 Her title was a Program and Policy Chief with an hourly salary of $41.50. Daniel Bice, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bice: Milwaukee County Supervisor Deanna Alexander axed from $86,000-per-year state job," 27 June 2018 Servers, cooks and cleaners at McDonald’s are no longer employees of the firm or its franchisees, but bid for positions at the till on an hourly basis through TaskRabbit, an online labour platform. The Economist, "Run, TaskRabbit, run: July 2030," 5 July 2018 Revolve’s business model is centered on renting out studio space on an hourly basis with some day-long rooms available, too. Cody Boteler, baltimoresun.com, "Catonsville chamber mobilizing to raise funds for flood-damaged businesses," 5 June 2018 Dean said the meters record only how much water flows through it on an hourly basis. Donald W. Meyers, The Seattle Times, "‘Smart’ meters in Washington state: Convenience or potential invasion of privacy?," 13 May 2018 Most legal nurse consultants work on an hourly basis, with LNCs employed by law firms or private companies typically billing $60-100 per hour, and independent consultants typically billing $65-200 per hour. Kate Lopaze, USA TODAY, "Job hybrid: How to become a legal nurse consultant," 12 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of hourly

Adverb

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

circa 1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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More Definitions for hourly

hourly

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of hourly

: happening every hour

: paid for one hour of work

: paid by the hour : earning an hourly wage

hourly

adverb
hour·​ly | \ˈau̇r-lē \

Kids Definition of hourly

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: at or during every hour Planes leave hourly for Miami.

hourly

adjective

Kids Definition of hourly (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : occurring every hour hourly departures

2 : figured by the hour an hourly wage

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