Definition of half pay in US English:

half pay


  • Half of a person's normal or previous salary or wages.

    ‘a sabbatical year during which he would receive half pay from Fordham University’
    • ‘The liquidation at least means the people employed behind the scenes at New Broomfield, who have been working on half pay for the last two years, can now get on with the rest of their lives.’
    • ‘To make the finances work, he asked the remaining employees to work half-time for half pay, and he and his partner took 75% salary cuts.’
    • ‘Several 18th and 19th-century armies and navies placed unemployed officers on half pay as a way of reducing the cost of the active establishment while retaining a nucleus of trained officers.’
    • ‘People can't live on half pay, so they will be leaving and seeking jobs elsewhere.’
    • ‘The most vulnerable Special Forces troops are those with twenty years service, and thus eligible to retire on half pay.’


half pay

/ˈˌhaf ˈpā/