[ouuh r-lee, ou-er-]
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  1. of, pertaining to, occurring, or done each successive hour: hourly news reports.
  2. computed or totaled in terms of an hour; using an hour as a basic unit of reckoning: hourly wages.
  3. hired to work for wages by the hour: hourly workers.
  4. frequent; continual.
  1. every hour; hour by hour.
  2. at each hour or during every hour.
  3. frequently; continually.

Origin of hourly

late Middle English word dating back to 1425–75; see origin at hour, -ly
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  1. of, occurring, or done every hour
  2. done in or measured by the hourwe are paid an hourly rate
  3. continual or frequent
  1. every hour
  2. at any moment or time
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Word Origin and History for hourly

late 15c. (adv.); 1510s (adj.), from hour + -ly (2).

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