hireling


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hire·ling

 (hīr′lĭng)
n.
One who works solely for compensation, especially a person willing to perform for a fee tasks considered menial or offensive.

hireling

(ˈhaɪəlɪŋ)
n
derogatory a person who works only for money, esp one paid to do something unpleasant
[Old English hӯrling; related to Dutch huurling; see hire, -ling1]

hire•ling

(ˈhaɪər lɪŋ)

n.
1. a person who works only for pay, esp. in a menial or boring job, with little or no concern for the value of the work.
adj.
2. serving for pay only.
3. venal; mercenary.
[before 1000]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hireling - a person who works only for money
employee - a worker who is hired to perform a job

hireling

noun
One who is employed by another:
Informal: hire, hired hand.
Translations

hireling

[ˈhaɪəlɪŋ] Nmercenario m

hireling

n (pej)Mietling m (old pej)
References in classic literature ?
Now there was a certain Guy of Gisborne, a hireling knight of the King's army, who heard of Robin and of the price upon his head.
To the tender eye of a father or a lover, the first glance would have sufficed to reveal Valentine's condition; but to this hireling, Valentine only appeared to sleep.
They were days of want and sorrow that succeeded, during which, Betts, I toiled for bread like an Eastern slave, the trodden-on and abused hireling of a selfish milliner.
I stretched my hand to take a glass of water from a hireling, and it was given me by you: I asked a question, expecting John's wife to answer me, and your voice spoke at my ear.
for that day shall burn as an oven: and he shall appear as a swift witness against those that oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow and the fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger in his right: and he shall break in pieces the oppressor.
Julia was, consequently, entrusted to the government of a select boarding-school; and, as even the morals of the day were, in some degree, tinctured with the existing fashions, her mind as well as her manners were absolutely submitted to the discretion of an hireling.
On reaching his abode, I learned that he had left it in secret; though the reluctant hireling, who had deserted him in his poverty, owned to my urgent en treaties, that he believed he had been carried away by an -old man who had formerly been his servant.
From Providence to Burgundy we are beset by every prowling hireling in Christendom, who rend and tear the country which you have left too weak to guard her own marches.
In England it is generally understood to mean pay given to a state hireling for treason to his country.
There was not, for many years afterwards, a Governor of Massachusetts; and the magistrates, who had charge of such matters, saw no objection to Esther Dudley's residence in the Province House, especially as they must otherwise have paid a hireling for taking care of the premises, which with her was a labor of love.
The secret history of Venice for a thousand years is here--its plots, its hidden trials, its assassinations, its commissions of hireling spies and masked bravoes--food, ready to hand, for a world of dark and mysterious romances.
Towards me, when I first came, she was cold and haughty, then insolent and overbearing; but, on a further acquaintance, she gradually laid aside her airs, and in time became as deeply attached to me as it was possible for HER to be to one of my character and position: for she seldom lost sight, for above half an hour at a time, of the fact of my being a hireling and a poor curate's daughter.