One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person on a payroll, a wage earner. Now chiefly Politics (frequently depreciative): a person employed or funded by (and hence expected to be loyal to) a particular party, institution, etc.
Early 20th century; earliest use found in The Decatur Review. From payroll + -er.
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