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

Adverb that couple argues hourly, about everything
Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Some hourly Walmart employees at a select number of stores will be receiving a raise as part of a test by the nation’s largest retailer. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, "Walmart raising pay to $12 per hour in select stores," 27 Jan. 2020 Fiat Chrysler Automobiles at the end of 2018 had 61,794 employees in the United States, 47,425 of whom were hourly and 14,369 are salaried. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, "After cutting 4,000 jobs, GM is hiring. But not for traditional gasoline-powered vehicles.," 19 Nov. 2019 As previously noted, Ken’s Artisan Bakery, with its more-than-hourly bakes on busy mornings, has long made Portland’s croissant gold standard. Michael Russell, oregonlive, "Portland’s best croissants, ranked," 13 Nov. 2019 The day of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the site will feature hourly doorbusters as well. Paige Szmodis, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Black Friday Deals Happening Right Now," 22 Nov. 2019 Updated hourly: The Chronicle’s California air quality alert map. Taylor Kate Brown, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Briefing: A different kind of fire hits the Bay Area," 16 Oct. 2019 Although bus routes serve a larger part of the Valley than light rail, Anderson argues some of the routes aren't serviced frequently enough, with buses stopping by every 30 minutes or even hourly when a 15-minute frequency is necessary. Perry Vandell, azcentral, "Study: Phoenix area fares better than other metros when it comes to traffic congestion, but will that continue?," 29 Oct. 2019 This commitment includes Disney Aspire—offering 100 percent free tuition to full- and part-time hourly cast—low-cost healthcare options for full-time employees and competitive starting wages. Advertorial, Orange County Register, "Disneyland Resort Child Care Program Now Offered to Cast Members," 18 Oct. 2019 Their wages, while potentially reaching high hourly rates depending on their individual production rates, ultimately amount to paltry annual salaries when compared to the strenuous nature of their work. Nick Martin, The New Republic, "American Farming Runs on Exploitation," 17 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective That includes the hourly wage, health care (including dental and vision), and Uber rides to ferry cleaners to their jobs. Washington Post, "A housecleaning business with an additional mission in mind," 31 Jan. 2020 Talent agency Verve hourly pay for all mailroom assistants by an unspecified amount and bumped up pay by 25% to 40% for other assistants. Wendy Lee, Los Angeles Times, "Hollywood assistants are getting a pay raise from CAA," 15 Jan. 2020 Harvard's latest proposal would raise the minimum hourly pay rate to $15 for non-salaried student workers and $17 for hourly instructional workers. Joey Garrison, USA TODAY, "Harvard grad student workers go on strike, seeking $25 an hour minimum wage, other demands," 3 Dec. 2019 As of early Wednesday morning, Denver International Airport had reported snow for 55 of the previous 71 hours of hourly weather observations. Chris Bianchi, The Denver Post, "Denver weather: Snow ends, but record-cold October temperature possible tonight," 30 Oct. 2019 The student’s mom couldn’t afford to take time off from her hourly job or afford the $85 per day parent fee. David Jesse, Freep.com, "Getting to college from rural Michigan is tough. Staying is tougher," 22 Oct. 2019 Now that news cycle has changed from 24 hours to almost hourly, how does that affect your week-to-week schedule in producing each episode? Sydney Bucksbaum, EW.com, "The Circus bosses on tackling the Trump era, 2020 election in Showtime docuseries," 20 Sep. 2019 On the other hand, compliance with the city’s hourly noise level of 50 decibels — average levels measured over a period of an hour — would require lowering the level by between 1 and 7 decibels, according to the assessment. Monterey Herald Staff, The Mercury News, "Pickleball noise controversy goes before city leaders," 19 Sep. 2019 The Completist{rel=nofollow) is designed to feel like a paperback book with bold and bright designs on the cover, and includes space for to-do lists as well as an hourly plan. Popular Science, "Five planners to help you stay on task and accomplish your goals," 15 Aug. 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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“Hourly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hourly. Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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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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