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


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: occurring hour by hour
hourly bus service
: frequent, continual
in hourly expectation of the rain's stopping
: computed in terms of an hour
an hourly wage
: 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
While not every worker is getting that hefty salary, part-time workers also won a pay raise of around $21 hourly, and employees were finally able to have better conditions like air conditioning. Chloe Berger, Fortune, 8 Aug. 2023 The Sandwich Glass Museum features stunning glasswork by local artisans, some dating back to the early 19th century, and even hosts hourly glassmaking presentations that help tell the story of this handicraft in the region. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 8 Aug. 2023 New part-time employees will start at $21 per hour and move up to $23 hourly. Olivia Evans, The Courier-Journal, 26 July 2023 Under current plans, trains would run every 30 minutes during peak times and hourly during off-peak times, with six hours off each night. Rachel Chang, Condé Nast Traveler, 16 Aug. 2023 Wage bumps for full-time employees will bring the average top rate to $49 hourly. Olivia Evans, The Courier-Journal, 26 July 2023 Average hourly earning for US workers Average hourly earnings also slowed in May to 0.3% versus the 0.5% increase workers saw in April. Nate Dicamillo, Quartz, 2 June 2023 His music plays almost hourly at K-Day (93.5-FM) and his show calendar remains constantly filled. Jeff Weiss, Los Angeles Times, 17 Apr. 2023 Why these tenants say no thanks May 5, 2023 Hawaii, Massachusetts, New York and Washington were the next four most expensive states after California, with renters needing to make at least $35 hourly to afford a two-bedroom apartment. Terry Castleman, Los Angeles Times, 30 June 2023
Contractors would be hit, too, including hourly workers such as janitors and security guards -- all while lawmakers on Capitol Hill would continue to get paid their $174,000-a-year salaries. Anne Flaherty, ABC News, 20 Sep. 2023 But those hired since – a majority of hourly workers – do not. Anne Marie Lee, CBS News, 19 Sep. 2023 The Carrot app for Apple Watch has been redesigned for watchOS 10, with the main interface now using a vertical tab view for quick switching between current, hourly, and daily forecasts. Jess Weatherbed, The Verge, 18 Sep. 2023 Brian Poling, an hourly worker for UAW International, and his wife, Carrie, brought their daughters Kaylee, 7, and Zoe, 4, out to show their support. Arkansas Online, 17 Sep. 2023 But boosting frontline and hourly workers’ engagement is no simple feat. Paige McGlauflin, Fortune, 15 Sep. 2023 Ford also employs about 1,000 hourly workers at a nearby stamping plant in Chicago Heights who are members of UAW Local 588. Robert Channick, Chicago Tribune, 15 Sep. 2023 Across all industries, average hourly earnings grew by 19% over that period, to $33.82. Brian Cheung, NBC News, 13 Sep. 2023 The 120-year-old automaker sees itself as more invested in hourly workers than competitors since Ford employs more hourly workers in the U.S. than General Motors or Stellantis, which builds Jeep and Ram and Dodge and Chrysler vehicles. Phoebe Wall Howard, The Courier-Journal, 8 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


15th century, in the meaning defined above


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 26 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


: occurring every hour
hourly bus service
: figured in terms of one hour
hourly wages
hourly adverb

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