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 Bathrooms at many ski areas are being cleaned and disinfected hourly and have been retrofitted with touchless faucets and dispensers for soap and paper towels. Gregory Thomas, SFChronicle.com, "How to plan a safe and successful ski trip to Tahoe during the pandemic," 15 Jan. 2021 The iconic story about a future dystopia reached the top of the company’s list of overall best sellers today before sinking to second (Amazon updates its bestsellers hourly). Karen Ho, Quartz, "George Orwell’s “1984” is topping Amazon’s best sellers," 13 Jan. 2021 Public areas are cleaned hourly with extra attention to frequented areas, such as front desk counters and public restrooms. Rachel King, Fortune, "How Hawaii’s COVID-19 testing program could serve as the blueprint for a broader reopening of international travel," 20 Dec. 2020 In one instance, Verma took a three-day trip to California, accompanied by three agency aides plus four consultants who charged up to $310 hourly for some of that time. Arkansas Online, "Medicare chief used $6M in taxpayer funds to bolster image, Democrats report," 10 Sep. 2020 Shoppers can quickly find new styles through Amazon’s list of hot new releases or its best-sellers chart , which updates hourly to reflect changing trends. Jessica Leigh Mattern, PEOPLE.com, "10 Cute and Fun Face Masks That Are Going for $25 or Less at Amazon," 23 Aug. 2020 There is hand sanitizer all around, and all surfaces are cleaned and disinfected hourly. Elliott Lapin, Houston Chronicle, "Bellaire Public Library reopens after closing during pandemic," 4 June 2020 Bamboo’s community managers will now aim to disinfect the space hourly. Adrienne Roberts, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan workplaces can reopen after stay-home order. Here's what you need to know," 1 June 2020 The $65-million facility, the largest GM investment in a parts warehouse in more than 40 years, employs about 800 hourly and salaried employees. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, "UAW and GM agree to run parts distribution centers with paid volunteers only," 20 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective In a rare-ish interview with Politico, Sinema announced her opposition to including a proposal to raise the hourly minimum wage (gradually) to $15 in the relief bill. Alex Pareene, The New Republic, "Call Kyrsten Sinema’s Bluff," 13 Feb. 2021 Portland enacted the ordinance to raise the minimum hourly wage to more than $18, a time-and-a-half mandate during states of emergency like the COVID-19 pandemic. Sarah Downey, Washington Examiner, "As Maine 'hazard pay' ordinance sees delay, small business group fears impact once in effect," 5 Feb. 2021 The federal rate hasn’t moved since 2009, the longest period without an increase since the U.S. adopted a minimum hourly wage over 80 years ago. Dallas News, "Essential workers in Texas looking for a raise? Maybe Washington will step up," 24 Jan. 2021 But in 2016, Amazon started paying drivers a lower hourly rate and used the tips to make up the difference, the complaint said. Joseph Pisani, Chron, "FTC says Amazon took $62 million in tips from drivers," 2 Feb. 2021 But in 2016, Amazon started paying drivers a lower hourly rate and used the tips to make up the difference, according to the complaint. Joseph Pisani, Star Tribune, "FTC says Amazon took $62 million in tips from drivers," 2 Feb. 2021 That equates to 223 vaccinations per hour, less than the hourly goal of 250 Oregonians that Gov. Kate Brown said could be inoculated at the site. oregonlive, "Salem mass vaccine clinic off to inconsistent start as state’s largest clinic set to open in Portland," 20 Jan. 2021 For Minnesota's neighbors, current minimum wage levels in North Dakota, Iowa and Wisconsin align with the federal hourly rate, while South Dakota's stands at $9.30. Paul Walsh, Star Tribune, "Many of Minnesota's lowest wage workers to get a raise of 6 to 8 cents an hour," 29 Dec. 2020 Target has paid bonuses to hourly frontline workers twice, most recently in October. Kate Gibson, CBS News, "Major retailers urged to revive hazard pay amid holiday rush," 25 Nov. 2020

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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 25 Feb. 2021.

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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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