- A regular payment, usually on an hourly, daily, or weekly basis, made by an employer to an employee, especially for manual or unskilled work.
- wages The price of labor in an economy.
- often wages used with a sing. or pl. verb A fitting return; a recompense: the wages of sin.
transitive verbwaged, wag·ing, wag·es
To engage in (a war or campaign, for example).
Origin of wage
Middle English from
Old North French of Germanic origin
- An amount of money paid to a worker for a specified quantity of work, usually expressed on an hourly basis.
From Anglo-Norman, from Old Northern French wage, a northern variant of Old French gauge, guage (whence modern French gage), itself (possibly through a Vulgar Latin root *wadium) from Frankish *waddi, wadja (cognate with Old English wedd), from Proto-Germanic *wadjÅ, *wadi- (“pledge"), from Proto-Indo-European *wadh- (“to pledge, redeem a pledge"). Akin to Old Norse veÃ¾ja "to pledge", Gothic wadi. Cf. also the doublet gage. More at wed. Possible contributory etylomolgy from from the Old English wÃ¦ge (meaning "weight," as wages at times have been goods or coin measured on a scale).
(third-person singular simple present wages, present participle waging, simple past and past participle waged)
- to wake and wage a danger profitless
- abundance of treasure which he had in store, wherewith he might wage soldiers
- To conduct or carry out (a war or other contest).
- To adventure, or lay out, for hire or reward; to hire out.
- "Wage" collocates strongly with "war", leading to expressions such as To wage peace, or To wage football implying the inclusion of a large element of conflict in the action.
From Middle English wagen (“to pledge"), from Anglo-Norman, Old Northern French wagier, a northern variant of Old French guagier (whence modern French gager), itself either from guage or from a derivative of Frankish *waddi, *wadja, possibly through a Vulgar Latin intermediate *wadiare from *wadium.