Part of speech: noun

That which is earned; compensation; wages, commonly in the plural.

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Usage examples "earning":

  1. The great majority everywhere and always are absorbed for most of the waking hours of the day in earning something to eat, and something to wear, and somewhere to sleep. - "Quiet Talks on Service", S. D. Gordon.
  2. The afternoon was passing, and he was earning nothing. - "Phil the Fiddler", Horatio Alger, Jr..
  3. Do you ever see a woman, with a family of children and a husband, taking the entire care of her household, and, besides this, earning a little money at knitting or sewing or washing? - "A New Atmosphere", Gail Hamilton.