hourly

1 of 2

adverb

hour·​ly ˈau̇(-ə)r-lē How to pronounce hourly (audio)
: at or during every hour

hourly

2 of 2

adjective

1
a
: 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 she checks her phone for messages hourly
Recent Examples on the Web
Adverb
The former cheerleader also added that practices are paid hourly. Nicole Fell, The Hollywood Reporter, 5 July 2024 Even as the cost of living soared in recent years, the federal minimum wage has not increased since 2009, staying at low $7.25 hourly. Bychloe Berger, Fortune, 18 June 2024
Adjective
Proposition 32 would mandate an $18 hourly minimum wage for all Californians For nearly a decade, the statewide minimum wage has sat at $16 an hour. Ryan Fonseca, Los Angeles Times, 10 July 2024 Average hourly earnings were 3.9% higher in June from a year earlier, the smallest increase since 2021. Kate Gibson, CBS News, 5 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for hourly 

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Word History

First Known Use

Adverb

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

circa 1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of hourly was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Hourly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hourly. Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

hourly

adjective
hour·​ly
ˈau̇(ə)r-lē
1
: occurring every hour
hourly bus service
2
: figured in terms of one hour
hourly wages
hourly adverb

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