synonyms, antonyms, definitions, examples & translations of wage in English

English Online Dictionary. What means wage‎? What does wage mean?

  • IPA(key): /weɪd͡ʒ/
  • Rhymes: -eɪdʒ

From Middle English wage, from Anglo-Norman wage, from Old Northern French wage, a northern variant of Old French gauge, guage (whence modern French gage), Medieval Latin wadium, from Frankish *waddī (cognate with Old English wedd), from Proto-Germanic *wadją (pledge), from Proto-Indo-European *wedʰ- (to pledge, redeem a pledge). Akin to Old Norse veðja (to pledge), Gothic 𐍅𐌰𐌳𐌹 (wadi), Dutch wedde. Compare also the doublet gage. More at wed.

wage (plural wages)

  1. (often in plural) An amount of money paid to a worker for a specified quantity of work, usually calculated on an hourly basis and expressed in an amount of money per hour.
  • earnings, pay, salary

From Middle English wagen (to pledge), from Anglo-Norman, Old Northern French wagier, a northern variant of Old French guagier (whence modern French gager), itself either from guage or from a derivative of Frankish *waddī, possibly through a Vulgar Latin intermediate *wadiō from *wadium.

wage (third-person singular simple present wages, present participle waging, simple past and past participle waged)

  1. (transitive, obsolete) To wager, bet.
  2. (transitive, obsolete) To expose oneself to, as a risk; to incur, as a danger; to venture; to hazard.
  3. (transitive, obsolete) To employ for wages; to hire.
  4. (transitive) To conduct or carry out (a war or other contest).
  5. (transitive) To adventure, or lay out, for hire or reward; to hire out.
  6. (obsolete, law, UK) To give security for the performance of
  • "Wage" collocates strongly with "war", leading to expressions such as To wage peace, or To wage football implying the inclusion of a large element of conflict in the action.
  • wager (agent noun)
  • “wage”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.
  • waeg


  1. (dated or formal) singular present subjunctive of wagen


  1. inflection of wagen:
    1. first-person singular present
    2. first/third-person singular subjunctive I
    3. singular imperative

From Old Dutch wāga, from Proto-West Germanic *wāgu.

wâge f

  1. weight
  2. a certain weight, of which the exact value varied
  3. weighing scale
  4. weighhouse

This noun needs an inflection-table template.

  • wâgen
  • Dutch: waag
  • “waghe (I)”, in Vroegmiddelnederlands Woordenboek, 2000
  • Verwijs, E., Verdam, J. (1885–1929) “wage (I)”, in Middelnederlandsch Woordenboek, The Hague: Martinus Nijhoff, →ISBN, page I

From Old Northern French wage, from Frankish *wadi, from Proto-Germanic *wadją. Doublet of gage and wed.

  • wag, vage
  • IPA(key): /ˈwaːdʒ(ə)/

wage (plural wages)

  1. A wage; earnings.
  2. Money reserved for the payment of salaries.
  3. An earned positive consequence.
  4. A promise, pact, or agreement.
  • wagen
  • English: wage
  • Scots: wage
  • “wāǧe, n.”, in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007, retrieved 2018-04-23.


  1. Alternative form of wagen
  • IPA(key): /ˈwɑː.ɡe/, [ˈwɑː.ɣe]


  1. dative singular of wāg

From Old Norse vágr.

wage oblique singularf (oblique plural wages, nominative singular wage, nominative plural wages)

  1. wave (moving part of a liquid, etc.)

see gage

wage oblique singularm (oblique plural wages, nominative singular wages, nominative plural wage)

  1. (Old Northern French) Alternative form of gage


  1. Romanization of ᚹᚨᚷᛖ

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