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

before 1000; late Middle English hirlyng, Old English hȳrling. See hire, -ling1

Synonyms for hireling

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Related Words for hireling

employee, worker, laborer, aide

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British Dictionary definitions for hireling



derogatory a person who works only for money, esp one paid to do something unpleasant

Word Origin for hireling

Old English hӯrling; related to Dutch huurling; see hire, -ling 1
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Word Origin and History for hireling

"one who works for hire," Old English hyrling; see hire + -ling. As an adjective by 1580s.

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