from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One who works solely for compensation, especially a person willing to perform for a fee tasks considered menial or offensive.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. an employee who is hired, often to perform unpleasant tasks with little independence
- n. someone who does a job purely for money, rather than out of interest in the work itself
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who is hired, or who serves for wages; esp., one whose motive and interest in serving another are wholly gainful; a mercenary.
- adj. Serving for hire or wages; venal; mercenary.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who is hired or serves for wages: now used only in reprobation or contempt, as in def. 2.
- n. A mercenary; one who acts only with a view to reward or material benefit.
- Serving for wages; employed for money or other compensation; venal; mercenary.
- Synonyms Mercenary, etc. See venal.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a person who works only for money
From Middle English, from Old English hȳrling ("hireling, employee"), from Proto-Germanic *hūzijō-lingaz (“hireling”), equivalent to hire + -ling. Cognate with Dutch huurling ("hireling, mercenary"). (Wiktionary)