pay·​check | \ ˈpā-ˌchek How to pronounce paycheck (audio) \

Definition of paycheck

1 : a check in payment of wages or salary
2 : wages, salary

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Synonyms for paycheck


emolument, hire, packet [British], pay, pay envelope, payment, salary, stipend, wage

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Examples of paycheck in a Sentence

I went to the office to pick up my paycheck. Your weekly paycheck will be almost $600 after taxes.

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Debt payments are taking a bite out of some slim paychecks: Low-income households spend an average of 8 percent of their monthly incomes on debt payment, according to the central bank. Andrew E. Kramer, New York Times, "Russians Pull Out Credit Cards, and Consumer Debt Spirals," 5 Aug. 2019 Over the past year, the cost of food and housing has gone up, so paychecks have had to stretch further. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "The latest jobs report shows no evidence of a potential economic recession," 2 Aug. 2019 Unlike many other states, nearly one-third of Connecticut’s income tax receipts come not from paycheck withholdings but from quarterly tax filings. Keith M. Phaneuf,, "Connecticut’s budget reserve on the brink of hitting record high," 1 Aug. 2019 Affordable homes disappeared first in technology and financial hubs like Silicon Valley and New York, where buyers with big paychecks pushed up prices. Bloomberg, The Mercury News, "America’s housing affordability crisis spreads inland," 31 July 2019 Affordable homes disappeared first in technology and financial hubs such as Silicon Valley and New York, where buyers with big paychecks pushed up prices. Los Angeles Times, "Housing affordability crisis spreads to the Midwest and other lower-cost areas," 30 July 2019 Images of frustrated coal miners playing cornhole on the railroad tracks helped draw national attention to the July 1 bankruptcy of mining company Blackjewel, which came without warning and sparked financial turmoil when paychecks bounced. Chris Kenning, The Courier-Journal, "Laid-off Blackjewel coal miners continue to block train as protest for back pay," 27 July 2019 That spawned Twitter hashtags #PayTheWomen and #PayThem, as the world champions fight for paychecks that are commensurate with their accomplishments. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, "Equal pay is the U.S. Women's National Team's next goal," 10 July 2019 The lion’s share of the dues that were collected — $40 per paycheck for each worker — went to pay Matassa’s salary, Kennelly noted. Jason Meisner,, "Reputed 'made’ member of Chicago Outfit given 6 months in prison for embezzling from union," 22 July 2019

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First Known Use of paycheck

1899, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of paycheck was in 1899

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English Language Learners Definition of paycheck

: a check that is used to pay an employee for his or her work
chiefly US : the money that you regularly earn : a wage or salary


pay·​check | \ ˈpā-ˌchek How to pronounce paycheck (audio) \

Kids Definition of paycheck

: a check given or received as wages or salary

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