- a person who works only for pay, especially in a menial or boring job, with little or no concern for the value of the work.
- serving for pay only.
- venal; mercenary.
Origin of hireling
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Examples from the Web for hireling
Historical Examples of hireling
Your own country, and your country's cause, above every other; all else is the hireling's part.Tom Burke Of "Ours", Volume II (of II)
Charles James Lever
O remarkable shepherd of the flock, and assuredly no hireling!Hugh, Bishop of Lincoln
Charles L. Marson
Wouldn't I be a hireling too if—if I had anything to do with it?The Rose Garden Husband
Everything could not be trusted to one man, and that man a hireling.The Vicar of Bullhampton
I was hireling to a rich farmer, and drove his plough—four oxen there were.Aucassin and Nicolette
- derogatory a person who works only for money, esp one paid to do something unpleasant