- available for work or use in return for payment
- to work, esp. as a laborer, for payment
Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Hire
- for hire
- hire out
Origin of Hire
From Middle English, from Old English hȳr (“employment for wages, pay for service”), from Proto-Germanic *hūzijō (“hire”), from Proto-Indo-European *kūs- (“price, hire”). Cognate with West Frisian hier (“hire”), Dutch huur (“hire”), Low German Hüre (“hire”), German Heuer (“hire”), Danish hyre (“hire”).
Middle English hiren from Old English hȳrian
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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