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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Nearly 30 percent of pregnant women crave nonfood items, an eating disorder called pica — from the Latin word for magpie, a bird known to eat anything. Tasha Eichenseher, Discover Magazine, 19 Nov. 2013 The food locker offers food and nonfood items to Carroll Community students and staff free of charge. Thomas Goodwin Smith, Baltimore Sun, 26 Dec. 2022 On Friday, the humanitarian affairs ministry announced that the Nigerian government had begun to distribute 12,000 metric tons of food and nonfood items to states devastated by the flooding. Amudalat Ajasa, Washington Post, 15 Oct. 2022 He had been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and had a compulsive eating disorder that compelled him to eat nonfood items. Paighten Harkins, The Salt Lake Tribune, 30 Apr. 2022 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 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1902, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nonfood was in 1902

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Cite this Entry

“Nonfood.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jan. 2023.

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