Definition of hireling noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈhaɪəlɪŋ//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhaɪərlɪŋ//
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a person who is willing to do anything or work for anyone as long as they are paid Word Origin mid 16th cent.: from hire + -ling, on the pattern of Dutch huurling.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: hireling