Hireling Definition

hīrlĭng
hirelings
noun
hirelings
A person who is for hire; esp., one who will follow anyone's orders for pay; mercenary.
Webster's New World
One who works solely for compensation, especially a person willing to perform for a fee tasks considered menial or offensive.
American Heritage
(usually pejorative) Someone who does a job purely for money, rather than out of interest in the work itself.
Wiktionary
adjective
Of or like a hireling; mercenary.
Webster's New World

Other Word Forms of Hireling

Noun

Singular:
hireling
Plural:
hirelings

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”).

    From Wiktionary

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