non·​end·​ing | \ ˌnän-ˈen-diŋ How to pronounce nonending (audio) \

Definition of nonending

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: never ending : endless, unending a seemingly nonending task



Definition of nonending (Entry 2 of 2)

: an incomplete or inadequate ending … made her prime-time debut on Girlfriends, which ran for nearly nine seasons before an unceremonious nonending in 2008.— Regina R. Robertson Once, people probably broke up maturely, in conversations inarguably final in tone. Now we have ragged nonendings.— Phoebe Luckhurst

Examples of nonending in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Meanwhile, those of us in Dallas are left to contemplate the ultimate nonending to a flamboyant and perpetually entertaining career. Mike Shropshire, Slate Magazine, "Tony Romo Got Out While He Was Still Alive," 5 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of nonending


1834, in the meaning defined above


circa 1886, in the meaning defined above

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“Nonending.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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