Definitions

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  • adj. Without hire.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Without hire.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Without hire; not rewarded; gratuitous.

Etymologies

hire +‎ -less (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Coleridge set off on a tour to the north, from Bristol to Sheffield, for the purpose of procuring customers, preaching Unitarian sermons by the way in most of the great towns, "as an hireless volunteer in a blue coat and white waistcoat that not a rag of the woman of Babylon might be seen on me."

    English Men of Letters: Coleridge

  • Shall I not be an Agriculturist, an Husband, a Father, and a 'Priest' after the order of 'Peace'? an 'hireless' Priest?

    Biographia Epistolaris, Volume 1.

  • Bristol to Sheffield, for the purpose of procuring customers, preaching by the way in most of the great towns, as an hireless volunteer, in a blue coat and white waistcoat, that not a rag of the woman of Babylon might be seen on me.

    Biographia Literaria

  • [4] hireless Priest of Liberty! unbought teacher of the poor! chearing to me is the reflection that my heart hath ever acknowledged — that my tongue hath proudly proclaimed — the Truth &

    Letter 126

  • _ Off he set on a tour to the north to procure subscribers, "preaching in most of the great towns as a hireless

    Famous Reviews

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