Definition of payday in English:



  • 1A day on which someone is paid their wages.

    • ‘On pay day, it was especially important never to stray from the crowded dormitory rooms.’
    • ‘In this case IRD notifies the employer, otherwise deductions begin the next pay day after eight weeks with a new employer.’
    • ‘If today's your pay day and you have a sudden craving for Cantonese food, why not go to the Grand Hyatt's Canton restaurant for a try?’
    • ‘I've had this account since I was a lad, when putting a little aside each pay day was something we were taught to do.’
    • ‘With pay day for most people falling at the end or beginning of the month, the next two weekends are going to be the busiest for festive shopping.’
    • ‘It also tastes even better the next day - perfect for lunch if it still isn't pay day!’
    • ‘I can't believe they waited until pay day to tell us, I just think the whole thing is an absolute joke.’
    • ‘Besides, my first pay day wouldn't come until after I'd be gutted alive by Tiff for missing the rent deadline.’
    • ‘It cost more than I needed (the day before pay day, of course).’
    • ‘The fund needs a surplus, just as our current accounts need to have a credit balance even the day before pay day.’
    • ‘Some people were trying to take stuff like computers because everyone was so upset they had done this on pay day.’
    • ‘But the good news is: I've just realised that it's pay day.’
    • ‘Not only was it not a weekend night, but it wasn't near a pay day.’
    • ‘Taking the day off isn't an option - it's pay day, and how bad would it look if I created myself a 4 day weekend?’
    • ‘If it's the only cocktail you have till next pay day you've got to have a look.’
    • ‘‘We will have had more than a million people through our doors in December and, with the final pay day before Christmas upon us, we are expecting it to be very buoyant over the next few days,’ he added.’
    • ‘He stayed in work for about 1 month, then on pay day went off at lunchtime, leaving his jacket on his chair.’
    • ‘And because August 31 is going to be their last pay day until January, they don't half work hard!’
    • ‘So, come next pay day, I'm settling the balance and riding the thing out the door.’
    • ‘Various private businesses owners are getting away with holding the employee's cheque until 5 p.m. on pay day.’
    1. 1.1informal An amount of money won or available to be won, especially in a sporting contest.
      ‘the win landed him the biggest payday of his career—£20,000’
      • ‘He enjoyed his biggest pay day in the Goodwood and took his earnings to $616,810 with the winning purse of $300,000.’
      • ‘He's been here a long time, and he knows the big pay day comes on Race Day.’
      • ‘He started 4-7 in his first 11 when it appears his management was more interested in a pay day than furthering a career.’
      • ‘It'll be a great day for the fans and a big pay day for the club.’
      • ‘If he continues to play well, he could be in for a big pay day, if not with the Colts, who are loaded with expensive offensive talent, then with another team.’
      • ‘They totalled 511 points to score a runaway win but did not enter the team pools which means they missed out on a £1,050 pay day.’
      • ‘That could mean a big pay day, probably the last available to us this season, so we have to go for that.’
      • ‘Therefore, he may miss out on his big pay day, or a year of football.’
      • ‘And if they could expect a pay day only if they won, that made them partners in an enterprise from which they expected to profit.’