Definition of paycheck in US English:



  • 1A check for salary or wages made out to an employee.

    • ‘The day before, he told employees to cash their paychecks rather than deposit them.’
    • ‘Some $250 million went out through paychecks to more than 8,000 local employees.’
    • ‘A good trick is to put at least 10% of your salary into a pension as soon as you get your pay cheque.’
    • ‘Without a budget, city employees would likely not receive a paycheck in July.’
    • ‘Some believe he gave Central Office employees advances on their paychecks.’
    • ‘He could even modify the employee's direct deposit bank account, and divert a paycheck to his own account, if he wanted to.’
    • ‘The firm has even patented a machine to profit from cashing paychecks for employees.’
    • ‘Shortly before noon, the foreman came around with paychecks.’
    • ‘A former employer that had taken to issuing promises instead of paychecks, seems to have saved money by an even more devious method.’
    • ‘The Metal Workers Union that represents the workers said that employees had not received paychecks since November.’
    • ‘The following helpful guide has been prepared to help our employees better understand their paychecks.’
    • ‘The only difficulty has been convincing employees to abandon their old-fashioned paychecks.’
    • ‘Then, earlier this month, employee paychecks were delayed after a financial rejiggering and a wave of staff layoffs.’
    • ‘Big fat CEO paychecks not only hurt an employee's bottom line but a company's bottom line too, according to a report.’
    • ‘Make no mistake about it, this is a man who knows who signs his paychecks.’
    • ‘That's over half a month's salary extra in my January pay cheque.’
    • ‘In some cases, when the paychecks arrived, the employees received a portion of the money in return for falsifying the time sheets.’
    • ‘While many turn their paychecks over to their husbands, others rebel, demanding the family's few spare cents go to pencils for the kids rather than cigarettes.’
    • ‘You will not save much working in an economy where missing two paychecks can lead to homelessness.’
    • ‘I feel it is robbing them of a pay cheque and robbing their families of a pay cheque.’
    1. 1.1North American A salary or income.
      ‘socking away money for the time when he wouldn't have a steady paycheck’
      • ‘Your paycheck is enough to comfortably support a family in nice surroundings.’
      • ‘As a young man he lived briefly in a homeless shelter and learned to view a steady paycheck the same way that a drowning man might view a lifeline.’
      • ‘The only thing that holds me back is a steady paycheck and an easy retirement.’
      • ‘I have a steady pay cheque, the work is mostly endorsed, and I'd like to keep it.’
      • ‘With the economy just barely limping into the New Year, finding a steady paycheck is harder than ever.’
      • ‘When her husband left her with three little boys to support, she needed health insurance and a steady paycheck.’
      • ‘Not having a steady job and pay cheque produces fear in many people.’
      • ‘Many were young support staff members earning moderate salaries far below the massive paychecks of top executives.’
      • ‘Its employees take home bigger paychecks and more lavish benefits than most of the city's private employees.’
      • ‘He did not want to anger his employer, since his paycheck - as well as his life - could very well be on the line.’
      • ‘Jackie, who had looked forward to a steady if modest paycheck soon found there were no paychecks at all.’
      • ‘It was, however, at least a steady paycheck, two full meals a day free, and all the soda and coffee I could drink.’
      • ‘Then, joining the military seemed like the best path to a steady paycheck, benefits and college money.’
      • ‘So for those working families that depend on their paychecks and much less on investment income, they're the ones that have been pinched the most.’
      • ‘He argues that those in regular employment, frightened of losing their weekly pay cheque, have no mental space to consider alternatives.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, readers' affection hasn't necessarily translated into steady paychecks for the authors they love.’
      • ‘The poets have donated what ever amount they can afford, oftentimes coming from minimum wage paychecks in truly selfless gestures.’
      • ‘It's so easy to get comfortable with a nice, steady paycheck, and my career was very promising at the company where I worked.’
      • ‘That extra income - along with expectations for bigger paychecks ahead - is contributing to renewed economic optimism.’