- Often wages. money that is paid or received for work or services, as by the hour, day, or week.Compare living wage, minimum wage.
- Usually wages. Economics. the share of the products of industry received by labor for its work (as distinct from the share going to capital).
- Usually wages. (used with a singular or plural verb) recompense or return: The wages of sin is death.
- Obsolete. a pledge or security.
- to carry on (a battle, war, conflict, argument, etc.): to wage war against a nation.
- Chiefly British Dialect. to hire.
- to stake or wager.
- to pledge.
- Obsolete. to contend; struggle.
Origin of wage
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Examples from the Web for wageless
- (often plural)payment in return for work or services, esp that made to workmen on a daily, hourly, weekly, or piece-work basisCompare salary
- (as modifier)wage freeze
- (plural) economics the portion of the national income accruing to labour as earned income, as contrasted with the unearned income accruing to capital in the form of rent, interest, and dividends
- (often plural) recompense, return, or yield
- an obsolete word for pledge
Word Origin and History for wageless
early 14c., "to pledge, deposit as a pledge," from Old North French wagier (Old French gagier), from wage (see wage (n.)). Meaning "to carry on" (of war, etc.) is attested from mid-15c., probably from earlier sense of "to offer as a gage of battle" (early 15c.). Related: Waged; waging.
c.1300, "a payment for services rendered," also in Middle English "a pledge of security" (mid-14c.), from Old North French wage (Old French guage) "pledge," from Frankish *wadja- (cf. Old English wedd, Gothic wadi "pledge"); see wed. Modern French cognate gages (plural) means "wages of a domestic," one of a plethora of French words for different classes, e.g. traitement (university professor), paye, salaire (workman), solde (soldier), récompense, prix. The Old English word was lean, related to loan and representing the usual Germanic form (cf. Gothic laun, Dutch loon, German lohn).