Definition of payday in US English:



  • 1A day on which someone is paid or expects to be paid their wages.

    • ‘If it's the only cocktail you have till next pay day you've got to have a look.’
    • ‘He stayed in work for about 1 month, then on pay day went off at lunchtime, leaving his jacket on his chair.’
    • ‘I can't believe they waited until pay day to tell us, I just think the whole thing is an absolute joke.’
    • ‘And because August 31 is going to be their last pay day until January, they don't half work hard!’
    • ‘Some people were trying to take stuff like computers because everyone was so upset they had done this on pay day.’
    • ‘It also tastes even better the next day - perfect for lunch if it still isn't pay day!’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The fund needs a surplus, just as our current accounts need to have a credit balance even the day before pay day.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘Various private businesses owners are getting away with holding the employee's cheque until 5 p.m. on 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?’
    • ‘Not only was it not a weekend night, but it wasn't near a pay day.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘In this case IRD notifies the employer, otherwise deductions begin the next pay day after eight weeks with a new employer.’
    • ‘It cost more than I needed (the day before pay day, of course).’
    • ‘On pay day, it was especially important never to stray from the crowded dormitory rooms.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Besides, my first pay day wouldn't come until after I'd be gutted alive by Tiff for missing the rent deadline.’
    • ‘So, come next pay day, I'm settling the balance and riding the thing out the door.’
    • ‘But the good news is: I've just realised that it's pay day.’
    1. 1.1informal Money or success won or earned.
      ‘his two seasons in Dallas helped him land his first huge payday in the NFL when he signed with the Cardinals’
      • ‘Furthermore, the weak initial public offering and merger markets mean that venture firms won't see many premium paydays.’
      • ‘There are enough boxers and paydays to go around.’
      • ‘If he keeps progressing as a safety and continues to make impact plays on special teams, then he could earn a big payday.’
      • ‘Coming up next, outsourcing means big paydays.’
      • ‘With the runaway success of foreign films here, Nigerian moviemakers are now wising up to the concept of big paydays from big budget movies.’
      • ‘They will have to earn big paydays on NHL ice now, as those who came before should have.’
      • ‘If any fighter has earned a big payday, it is this man.’
      • ‘From 1992 through 1996, I had some really good paydays.’
      • ‘He adds: ‘This is all about trial lawyers looking for the next big pay day.’’
      • ‘They have instead opted to pass up on a big pay day on the basis that discretion is the better part of valour.’
      • ‘There was a decent pay day last weekend, but not quite in the manner in which it was portrayed.’
      • ‘All the other farmers in the area eventually sold off their land to developers, reaping hefty paydays.’
      • ‘They could simply be protecting themselves from suffering a serious injury before getting their big paydays.’
      • ‘Turns out there are other ways to get big paydays besides ‘research-driven’ art.’
      • ‘By selling its dignity the athletic program can earn paydays of $40,000 or more for each game it plays at the home of a major-conference opponent.’
      • ‘Victory at Parkside would mean a huge cash boost and the chance of an even bigger payday if they are lucky with the draw for the third round.’
      • ‘The crux of his argument centers on a player's second contract, which is usually their biggest payday.’
      • ‘Big purses mean bigger paydays, attracting owners with better-performing ponies and creating more competitive races.’
      • ‘It's not really the big money payday that everyone thinks it is.’