Definition of hireling in English:

hireling

noun

derogatory
  • 1A person employed to undertake menial work.

    • ‘These cities contain walls, player-owned houses, NPC hirelings, and guild-run shops, all of which can be upgraded over time.’
    • ‘You're a lowly hireling, and I don't have to do one smidge of what you say!’
    • ‘But perpetual dissimulation is painful, and he that is all fortune and no nature is an exquisite hireling.’
    • ‘They provide a frame-work of ideas, perhaps, maybe even a rough draft, but the writing is a job for hirelings.’
    • ‘And so Max turns from hireling to hostage, and Collateral's fine-tuned thriller motor gets purring.’
    • ‘Now is the time, the hour has struck to rise like one man, in the battle against the invaders and hirelings, killers of our peoples.’
    • ‘But these government hirelings usually reverted to their habits of compulsive criminality and often ended up fighting their personal enemies.’
    • ‘We must never see them as mere hirelings, off in a corner of our society.’
    • ‘He left the body where it was; one of his hirelings would clean up the mess, and would also spread the word about the punishment.’
    • ‘Claims by big business and their political hirelings that the current levels of public and social services are unsustainable are lies.’
    • ‘You are hirelings and you will do what is reasonable for the time that you work for the company.’
    • ‘These corporate hirelings ' worries as to what they'll say when a real masterpiece emerges must trouble their sleep.’
    • ‘Then we sign petitions to crowd our ballots with initiatives, in effect telling our hirelings that we can do a better job than they can.’
    • ‘The words can be explained as a specific reference to ‘authorities’ and their hirelings, but is that how they will be heard?’
    • ‘These fascists and hirelings are not rising up, they are stamping back down.’
    • ‘The first sound of an innocent human voice since the murder is stifled when Macbeth's hirelings kill Macduff's little boy.’
    • ‘The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep.’
    • ‘Peasants assembled, armed themselves, and prepared to fight off the ruthless hirelings of aristocracy.’
    • ‘The identity of the hirelings is obvious from Jesus' prior encounter with the Pharisees over the man born blind.’
    • ‘For ten years before secession, Northerners were commonly referred to as ‘mongrels and hirelings.’’
    attendant, retainer
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    1. 1.1 A person who works purely for material reward.
      ‘the government's paid hirelings assure us that we're on our way out of recession’
      • ‘Southerners resurrected the image of the " hireling ", often extended to include the idea that Union soldiers were foreign immigrants during the Civil War.’
      • ‘As I try on various roles described in this account, I wonder if "hireling" describes me.’
      • ‘No refuge could save the hireling and slave.’
      • ‘They cowered in the corridors of Parliament House when a hireling of John Wren whispered what might happen to them if they did not toe the line.’
      • ‘Emotionally deprived in early life, hewas an orphan and child hireling, eventually institutionalized at age 31 after attempting to molest a three-year-old girl.’
      • ‘Marlowe is "black" in this scenario because he is a poorly paid hireling of a wealthy white woman.’
      • ‘Are not his days also like the days of an hireling?’
      • ‘How did Jacob go from a hireling to a rich man?’
      • ‘It sounds more like a hireling, who would run at the first sign of a wolf.’
      • ‘He was not, however, a hireling of the king of Hungary and Bohemia, but a French general murdered by his own men.’
      • ‘All honest men can see the obvious truth that globalization is a terrible thing, and only a capitalist hireling would deny it.’
      • ‘Jesus Christ is the "Good Shepherd" Who is more than a hireling for the sheep of God's flock.’
      • ‘I should choose to serve as the hireling of another, rather than to be lord over the dead that have perished.’
      • ‘To such had the policy of the great Irish leader brought the ignorant people who trusted him and his hirelings.’
      • ‘Dominic Grieve, the newly-appointed shadow home secretary, was crestfallen when a corporation hireling mistook him for the Labour MP, Keith Vaz.’
      • ‘He says he is just a hireling.’
      • ‘Max turns from hireling to hostage, and the movie's fine-tuned thriller motor gets purring.’
      • ‘In ordinary terms, if the shepherd dies defending the sheep they are no better off than with the hireling who ran away.’
      • ‘It's hardly the sort of thing that engenders team spirit, " mutters one corporation hireling.’
      • ‘Evans said, "he did not see how hireling, landless tenant slaves could ever get the means to buy land."’

Origin

Mid 16th century: from hire + -ling, on the pattern of Dutch huurling.

Pronunciation

hireling

/ˈhaɪ(ə)rlɪŋ//ˈhī(ə)rliNG/