Meaning of “hourly” in the English Dictionary

"hourly" in British English

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hourlyadjective

uk /ˈaʊə.li/ us /ˈaʊr.li/

B2 done or happening every hour:

There's an hourly bus service into town.
Take two tablets at hourly intervals.
hourly fee, rate, etc.

B2 the amount that is charged or earned every hour

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  • There's an hourly news bulletin on this radio channel.
  • You will be responsible for carrying out hourly inspections of the customer toilets.
  • The nurse checks on him at hourly intervals.
  • They pay an hourly rate of £12.50.
  • You ought to take hourly breaks from the keyboard, just for five or 10 ten minutes, to rest your eyes.

hourlyadverb

uk /ˈaʊə.li/ us /ˈaʊr.li/

C1 once every hour:

Trains call here hourly.

More examples

  • Please check on the patient hourly, and report any change in her condition.
  • We inspect the customer toilet facilities hourly.
  • It's a good idea to take a short break hourly, to avoid eye strain.
  • I had a terrible night - I woke up hourly because of the pain in my shoulder.
  • The lifeguard on duty at the swimming pool changes over hourly.

(Definition of “hourly” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"hourly" in American English

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hourlyadjective [ not gradable ]

us /ˈɑʊər·li/

done or happening every hour:

hourly bus service
hourly pay (= pay for every hour worked)

hourlyadverb [ not gradable ]

us /ˈɑʊər·li/

once every hour:

Tours are offered hourly.

(Definition of “hourly” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)