hour·​ly | \ ˈau̇(-ə)r-lē How to pronounce hourly (audio) \

Definition of hourly

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: at or during every hour also : frequently, continually



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


that couple argues hourly, about everything

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

The living wage in Wayne County for a single-person household is $11.43 hourly, according to MIT’s Living Wage Calculator. Emma Keith, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Metro Airport food workers could strike over low wages," 12 June 2019 That’s higher than Walmart’s $11 hourly minimum, but below Amazon’s and Costco’s minimum wage of $15. Michelle Cheng, Quartz at Work, "Target is expanding parental leave, including for hourly and part-time workers," 10 June 2019 And the research to determine accurate hourly and annual information and disclose that to you is as thorough as any public salary database in the country. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "We published the salaries of 154,000 people in Arizona. Here's why," 12 June 2019 That compares to a median $11 hourly wage earned by immigrants in direct care nationwide, according to the PHI report. Clare Ansberry, WSJ, "The Bond Between an African Caregiver and Her New Jersey ‘Mum’," 1 Oct. 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. BostonGlobe.com, "Secret VA nursing-home ratings hid poor quality care from public," 18 June 2018 Getting there: Ferries depart hourly from Mackinac City and St. Ignace to Mackinac Island and take around 25 minutes. 5. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Islands in the U.S.: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 Despite seeing her hourly wage nearly double, Shani Rahman still lives in a Bronx homeless shelter with her 3-year-old daughter Monique. Anne Kadet, WSJ, "Here’s How New Yorkers Make It in the Big Apple on $15 an Hour," 16 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The last time the city raised the cost to park at meters was in 2011, when the hourly rate jumped from $1 to $1.25. Jaclyn Reiss, BostonGlobe.com, "MBTA and parking meter fares go up Monday. Here’s what you need to know," 30 June 2019 Court documents show that Attansio’s hourly rate was billed at $1,230. San Diego Union-Tribune, "SoccerCity, SDSU West initiatives cost the city nearly $600,000 in legal fees," 28 June 2019 University Hospitals, meanwhile, didn’t publicly share news of its minimum wage hike, but told employees in April that the hourly rate would rise to $14 in late June and to $15 in 2020. Ginger Christ, cleveland.com, "Northeast Ohio health care workers benefiting from increasing minimum wage," 26 June 2019 Acosta also earns $21,000 as a County Board member and is listed as a family court mediator in McHenry County with an hourly rate of $200. Elyssa Cherney, chicagotribune.com, "DCFS investigator under review in AJ Freund case faced prior discipline, sits on McHenry County Board," 24 June 2019 Each year, the Out of Reach report updates Ohio’s housing wage, an estimate of the full-time hourly wage a household must earn to afford a basic apartment at fair market rent without spending more than 30% of its income on rent and utilities. Jordyn Grzelewski, cleveland.com, "Not making enough to pay rent? Ohio’s most-common occupations usually don’t, report shows," 18 June 2019 The one-day strike was announced by Service Employees International Union Local 1, which wants to organize the security guards and help them get $15 hourly wages. Emma Keith, Detroit Free Press, "Lots of noise, little participation in Detroit security guard strike," 13 June 2019 The average hourly wage grew 3.1 percent in the past year, above the cost of living but well below the 4 percent growth experienced during the economic boom of the late 1990s. Washington Post, "Job growth sputters in May, but Wall Street rallies as investors bank on Fed rescue," 8 June 2019 But average hourly pay rose just 3.1% in May from a year earlier, down slightly from last month's year-over-year gain of 3.2%. Christopher Rugaber, Anchorage Daily News, "US hiring slows amid trade tensions and weaker global economy," 7 June 2019

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First Known Use of hourly


15th century, in the meaning defined above


circa 1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of hourly

: happening every hour
: paid for one hour of work
: paid by the hour : earning an hourly wage


hour·​ly | \ ˈau̇r-lē How to pronounce hourly (audio) \

Kids Definition of hourly

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



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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