Idioms for pay

Origin of pay

1150–1200; Middle English payen < Old French paier < Medieval Latin pācāre to satisfy, settle (a debt), Latin: to pacify (by force of arms). See peace


19 remuneration, emolument, fee, honorarium, income, allowance. Pay, wage or wages, salary, stipend are terms for amounts of money or equivalent benefits, usually given at a regular rate or at regular intervals, in return for services. Pay is the general term: His pay went up every year. Wage usually designates the pay given at an hourly, daily, or weekly rate, often for manual or semiskilled work; wages usually means the cumulative amount paid at regular intervals for such work: an hourly wage; weekly wages. Salary designates a fixed, periodic payment for regular work or services, usually computed on a monthly or yearly basis: an annual salary paid in twelve equal monthly installments. Stipend designates a periodic payment, either as a professional salary or, more commonly, as a salary in return for special services or as a grant in support of creative or scholarly work: an annual stipend for work as a consultant; a stipend to cover living expenses.

Definition for pay (2 of 2)

pay 2
[ pey ]
/ peɪ /

verb (used with object), payed, pay·ing. Nautical.

to coat or cover (seams, a ship's bottom, etc.) with pitch, tar, or the like.

Origin of pay

1620–30; < Middle French peier, Old French < Latin picāre to smear with pitch, derivative of pix (stem pic-) pitch2

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British Dictionary definitions for pay (1 of 2)

pay 1
/ (peɪ) /

verb pays, paying or paid


Word Origin for pay

C12: from Old French payer, from Latin pācāre to appease (a creditor), from pāx peace

British Dictionary definitions for pay (2 of 2)

pay 2
/ (peɪ) /

verb pays, paying or payed

(tr) nautical to caulk (the seams of a wooden vessel) with pitch or tar

Word Origin for pay

C17: from Old French peier, from Latin picāre, from pix pitch

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