non·​food | \ ˌnän-ˈfüd How to pronounce nonfood (audio) \

Definition of nonfood

: something that is not food usually used before another noun nonfood productsBecause hypermarkets charge higher prices for nonfood items, they can cut prices on groceries.— Annetta Miller

Examples of nonfood in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Chlorpyrifos will still be permitted for nonfood uses such as on golf courses, turf, utility poles and fence posts as well as in cockroach bait and ant treatments. Coral Davenport, New York Times, 18 Aug. 2021 The identity of the Western rancher or the farmer—already tied to stewardship of the land—is expanding to encompass cultivating nonfood plants and animals. Emma Marris, The Atlantic, 5 June 2021 Sales of nonfood items jumped more than 20% in the quarter, aided by government stimulus checks as customers splurged on recreation, home improvement and apparel items, the company said. Sarah Nassauer, WSJ, 18 May 2021 In an effort to try and slow the spread of the pandemic in Germany, restaurants and bars are closed for indoor dining, nonessential travel is discouraged and much nonfood and nonpharmacy retail is restricted. David Rising, Star Tribune, 27 Apr. 2021 The market is offering produce, plants and flowers and other nonfood items. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 29 May 2020 This is a life-saving adaptation for children who often put nonfood items in their mouth. Deesha Philyaw, New York Times, 17 Apr. 2020 The employee worked at the Lovers Lane and Greenville Avenue store in a nonfood-handling job that doesn’t require interacting with customers, according to the grocery retailer. Maria Halkias, Dallas News, 22 Mar. 2020 The pregnancy triggers pica, a compulsion to consume nonfood items. Kristen Yoonsoo Kim, New York Times, 5 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of nonfood

1902, in the meaning defined above

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“Nonfood.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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