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

Examples of hourly in a Sentence

Adverb that couple argues hourly, about everything
Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Low-income and hourly-waged women—and, frankly, anyone who doesn’t work at a progressive tech company—are potentially one miscarriage or complicated pregnancy away from losing their job. Nicole Lapin, Forbes, 5 Oct. 2021 Zapolin explained that ketamine clinics are currently limited to low-dose lozenges that have to take them hourly. Benjamin Adams, Forbes, 17 Sep. 2021 Employees working hourly will get paid time-and-a-half. Keira Wingate, USA TODAY, 18 June 2021 The burrito chain plans to reach that compensation level by the end of June and will set hourly starting wages at $11 to $18 an hour, according to a statement Monday. Fortune, 10 May 2021 Their proposal would raise the federal minimum gradually to $15 hourly by 2025, well above the $7.25 floor in place since 2009. Alan Fram, Star Tribune, 25 Feb. 2021 In every corner of the world, new beauty products crawl off production lines and out of Crock-Pots hourly, clamoring for human eyes and wallets and cheekbones. Brennan Kilbane, Allure, 23 Feb. 2021 The House bill would also hoist the federal minimum wage to $15 hourly by 2025, more than doubling the current $7.25 floor that’s been in effect since 2019. Alan Fram, chicagotribune.com, 26 Feb. 2021 The measure would gradually lift that minimum to $15 hourly by 2025, doubling the current $7.25 floor in effect since 2009. Alan Fram, Chron, 27 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Despite robust wage growth -- over the past 12 months, average hourly earnings have gone up by 5.5% -- consumers are seeing those gains eroded by the highest inflation in 40 years. Alicia Wallace, CNN, 6 May 2022 After surging over the winter, growth in hourly earnings is slowing down, to 0.3% in April compared to 0.5% in the previous month, according to the latest US jobs report released Friday. Nate Dicamillo, Quartz, 6 May 2022 Existing workers in these teams who currently earn less than $20 an hour will see their hourly rate automatically increase to the new rate. Stephanie Mlot, PCMAG, 19 Apr. 2022 That’s compared to a paltry 4.7% increase in average hourly earnings for Americans last year. Will Daniel, Fortune, 5 Apr. 2022 According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, real average hourly earnings declined 2.6 percent from February 2021 to February 2022. Rich Lowry, National Review, 29 Mar. 2022 The Labor Department’s jobs report for February showed payroll employment rising by six hundred and seventy-eight thousand and the unemployment rate dipping to 3.8 per cent, but, despite this strength, average hourly earnings barely moved. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, 14 Mar. 2022 The unemployment rate edged down to 3.8%, and average hourly earnings were little changed from the prior month. Time, 4 Mar. 2022 The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported average hourly earnings for food and drink service employees were up 61 cents nationwide between April and July of this year. BostonGlobe.com, 3 Nov. 2021 See More

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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 22 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for hourly


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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