See also: Hire and híre

EnglishEdit

PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English hire, hyre, here, hure, from Old English hȳr (employment for wages; pay for service; interest on money lent), from Proto-West Germanic *hūʀiju (hire), from Proto-Indo-European *kewHs-. Compare Hittite 𒆪𒊭𒀭 (kuššan-, fee, pay, wages, price).

Cognate with West Frisian hier (hire), Dutch huur (lease, rental), German Low German Hüür (lease, rental).

NounEdit

hire (plural hires)

  1. Payment for the temporary use of something.
    The sign offered pedalos on hire.
  2. (obsolete) Reward, payment.
  3. The state of being hired, or having a job; employment.
    When my grandfather retired, he had over twenty mechanics in his hire.
  4. A person who has been hired, especially in a cohort.
    We pair up each of our new hires with one of our original hires.
SynonymsEdit
Derived termsEdit
TranslationsEdit

Etymology 2Edit

From Middle English hiren, hyren, from Old English hȳrian (to hire), from the noun (see above). Compare West Frisian hiere (to rent, lease), Dutch huren (to rent, lease), Low German hüren (to rent), Danish hyre (to hire).

Eclipsed Middle English souden (to hire, employ, enlist), borrowed from Old French souder, soudre, souldre (to take into employ, pay); see English sold (salary, military pay).

VerbEdit

hire (third-person singular simple present hires, present participle hiring, simple past and past participle hired)

  1. (transitive) To obtain the services of in return for fixed payment.
    Synonym: rent
    We hired a car for two weeks because ours had broken down.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 16, in The Mirror and the Lamp:
      “[…] She takes the whole thing with desperate seriousness. But the others are all easy and jovial—thinking about the good fare that is soon to be eaten, about the hired fly, about anything.”
  2. (transitive) To employ; to obtain the services of (a person) in exchange for remuneration; to give someone a job.
    The company had problems when it tried to hire more skilled workers.
  3. (transitive) To exchange the services of for remuneration.
    They hired themselves out as day laborers.  They hired out their basement for Inauguration week.
  4. (transitive) To accomplish by paying for services.
    After waiting two years for her husband to finish the tiling, she decided to hire it done.
  5. (intransitive) To accept employment.
    They hired out as day laborers.
AntonymsEdit
Derived termsEdit
TranslationsEdit
The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables, removing any numbers. Numbers do not necessarily match those in definitions. See instructions at Wiktionary:Entry layout § Translations.
See alsoEdit

AnagramsEdit


AbronEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Akan hyire (white clay).

NounEdit

hire

  1. white clay

ReferencesEdit

  • Trutenau, Languages of the Akan Area: Papers in Western Kwa Linguistics (1976)

BasqueEdit

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): (Southern) /iɾe/, [i.ɾe̞]
  • IPA(key): (Northern) /hiɾe/, [ɦi.ɾe̞]

PronounEdit

hire

  1. genitive of hi, your

JapaneseEdit

RomanizationEdit

hire

  1. Rōmaji transcription of ひれ

Middle DutchEdit

ContractionEdit

hire

  1. Contraction of hi dāer.

Middle EnglishEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Old English hire (her), from Proto-West Germanic *heʀā, *hiʀā, from Proto-Germanic *hezōz, genitive feminine singular of *hiz (this), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱe (here; this).

Alternative formsEdit

DeterminerEdit

hire (nominative pronoun sche)

  1. Third-person singular feminine genitive determiner: her, of her.
  2. Used in place of the possessive suffix -es to denote possession by an antecedent noun.
    • 1430, Geoffrey Chaucer, Canterbury Tales, "The Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale.
      Here begynnyt the wyf of bathe hir tale.
SynonymsEdit
DescendantsEdit
  • English: her
  • Scots: her
See alsoEdit

PronounEdit

hire (nominative sche)

  1. Third-person singular feminine genitive pronoun: hers.
SynonymsEdit
ReferencesEdit

Etymology 2Edit

From Old English hire (her), from Proto-West Germanic *heʀē, *hiʀē, from Proto-Germanic *hezōi, dative feminine singular of *hiz (this), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱe (here; this).

PronounEdit

hire (nominative sche)

  1. Third-person singular feminine pronoun indicating a grammatical object: her.
  2. (reflexive) herself.
  3. Third-person singular neuter pronoun indicating a grammatical object: it.
See alsoEdit
ReferencesEdit

Etymology 3Edit

From Old English hȳr, from Proto-West Germanic *hūʀiju. The final vowel is generalised from the Old English oblique cases.

Alternative formsEdit

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈhiːr(ə)/
  • (dialectal) IPA(key): /ˈheːr(ə)/, /ˈhuːr(ə)/, /ˈhyːr(ə)/

NounEdit

hire (plural hires)

  1. One's salary; wages.
    Synonyms: mede, wage
  2. A reward; recompense.
    Synonym: mede
  3. One's deserts; what one deserves.
    • c. 1395, John Wycliffe, John Purvey [et al.], transl., Bible (Wycliffite Bible (later version), MS Lich 10.)‎[1], published c. 1410, Petre ·ii· 2:15, page 113v, column 1; republished as Wycliffe's translation of the New Testament, Lichfield: Bill Endres, 2010:
      [] þat foꝛſaken þe riȝt weie .· ⁊ erriden ſuynge þe weie of balaam of boſoꝛ / which louyde þe hire of wickidneſſe
      [] who've abandoned the right way and strayed, following the way of Balaam of Bosor, who loved the fruits of wrongdoing.
  4. A payment; a charge.
Related termsEdit
DescendantsEdit
ReferencesEdit

Etymology 4Edit

NounEdit

hire

  1. Alternative form of here (army)

Etymology 5Edit

VerbEdit

hire

  1. Alternative form of hiren (to hire)

Norwegian NynorskEdit

AdjectiveEdit

hire

  1. neuter singular of hiren

Old EnglishEdit

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈxi.re/, [ˈhi.re]

PronounEdit

hire

  1. genitive/dative of hēo

DescendantsEdit