hourly

adverb
hour·​ly | \ ˈau̇(-ə)r-lē \

Definition of hourly

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: at or during every hour also : frequently, continually

hourly

adjective

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

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 Merkley wrote his amendment to apply to hourly, not salaried, workers. Jenna Sauers, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Women Really Quit Breastfeeding," 17 July 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 Being eliminated as the factory shuts down are 205 hourly and 31 salaried positions. Rick Romell, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "GE to close Waukesha engine plant, cutting 236 jobs over 8 months," 29 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 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. USA TODAY, "Secret VA nursing home ratings hide poor quality care from the public," 17 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The disparity in the median hourly rate between women and men for the club was 30.5%. Jennifer Calfas, Time, "Almost 80% of U.K. Companies Pay Women Less Than Men," 5 Apr. 2018 Butler’s Tyler Wideman hires Burton, who charges college players a $30 hourly rate. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: NBA prospects prepare for 2018 NBA Draft in hard-to-find Zionsville barn," 3 Apr. 2018 Warranty work, which is prevalent at dealerships, earns a lower hourly rate, and techs are often pushed to finish it quickly. Benjamin Preston, Car and Driver, "Wanted: A Shortage of Qualified Automotive Technicians Has Left Service Departments Scrambling To Find New Talent," 22 Mar. 2018 In the past 12 months, cash bonuses only gave workers an extra 2 cents in average hourly compensation, adjusted for inflation. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "The GOP tax bill only gave workers 2 cents more per hour in bonuses," 18 Dec. 2018 Members of the working class also typically work for an hourly wage instead of a salary and have less overall job security than middle- or upper-class folk. Kim Kelly, Teen Vogue, "What the "Working Class" Is, and How It's Politicized," 13 Dec. 2018 The incident comes just a couple of days after Amazon’s new $15 hourly base wage for all of its warehouse workers went into effect in the U.S. and United Kingdom. Jason Del Rey, Recode, "Two workers have died at an Amazon warehouse in Baltimore," 3 Nov. 2018 Earlier this year, Walmart raised its starting hourly wage from $9 to $11 and began offering paid parental leave and adoption benefits to full-time employees. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, "Walmart to offer employees a college education for $1 a day," 30 May 2018 This already displays things like local events that are likely to increase demand, but will now add more granular data, with predictions about hourly demand for the whole week ahead. James Vincent, The Verge, "Lyft adds driver-friendly features including default tipping option," 15 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of hourly

Adverb

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

circa 1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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hourly

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of hourly

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

hourly

adverb
hour·​ly | \ ˈau̇r-lē \

Kids Definition of hourly

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

hourly

adjective

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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