pay·​check | \ ˈpā-ˌchek \

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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For many women in public service who are on furlough and now looking at not getting that vital paycheck, the uncertainty can be agonizing. Celeste Katz, Glamour, "These Women Are Still Waiting for Their Paycheck Because of the Government Shutdown," 11 Jan. 2019 Pets will eat just about anything: shoes, grass, sticks, Amazon boxes, paychecks, Diet Coke cans — and that's just what my own two dogs have gnawed on over the years. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "5 Holiday Plants That Are Way More Toxic Than Poinsettias to Cats and Dogs," 14 Dec. 2018 Tax relief means more money in paychecks, retirement funds in the stock market unleashed and roaring back. Fox News, "Women who know Kavanaugh respond to allegations against him," 17 Sep. 2018 Black workers are more likely than other racial groups to see their paychecks, which are already smaller than those of the average white worker, eaten up by student loan payments and growing rental bills, housing experts say. Jonnelle Marte,, "Black homeownership is stuck near 30-year lows," 6 July 2018 Last weekend, SunTrust unfroze her account, restoring her access to her own money, direct deposits of her paychecks, etc. Teresa Dixon Murray,, "Huntington customer's ATM card blocked while traveling internationally: Money Matters," 18 Feb. 2018 For example, Chatzky recommends ideally placing 35% of your paycheck into your rent expenses and 15% into transportation costs. NBC News, "The best financial tips for millennials," 21 Feb. 2018 Therefore, this significant other tends to become the other half of our paycheck. Allison Mcleay, kansascity, "5 romantic Valentine’s dates that won’t break the bank," 9 Feb. 2018 Then have a portion of your paycheck automatically deposited into the account. Pat Setter,, "Tips on saving for a new home," 6 Jan. 2018

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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 \

Kids Definition of paycheck

: a check given or received as wages or salary

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