Hireling meaning

hīrlĭng
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(usually pejorative) Someone who does a job purely for money, rather than out of interest in the work itself.
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One who works solely for compensation, especially a person willing to perform for a fee tasks considered menial or offensive.
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A person who is for hire; esp., one who will follow anyone's orders for pay; mercenary.
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Of or like a hireling; mercenary.
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(usually pejorative) An employee who is hired, often to perform unpleasant tasks with little independence.
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Origin of hireling

  • From Middle English, from Old English hȳrling (“hireling, employee”), from Proto-Germanic *hūzijōlingaz (“hireling”), equivalent to hire +‎ -ling. Cognate with Dutch huurling (“hireling, mercenary”).

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