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

Definition of nonfood

: something that is not food usually used before another nounnonfood 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 The market is offering produce, plants and flowers and other nonfood items. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Don't expect to touch the produce at metro Detroit farmers markets," 29 May 2020 This is a life-saving adaptation for children who often put nonfood items in their mouth. Deesha Philyaw, New York Times, "Parents, Here’s How to Avoid Doing Battle With Your Picky Eater," 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, "H-E-B confirms Central Market employee in Dallas tests positive for coronavirus," 22 Mar. 2020 The pregnancy triggers pica, a compulsion to consume nonfood items. Kristen Yoonsoo Kim, New York Times, "‘Swallow’ Review: Objects in Stomach May Be Sharper Than They Appear," 5 Mar. 2020 While in the scanner, study participants smelled a variety of food and nonfood odors, including pot roast, cinnamon rolls, garlic, and fir trees. Eva Frederick, Science | AAAS, "Here’s how skimping on sleep can change your appetite," 17 Oct. 2019 The entries included a baby shark pumpkin; an Olaf character pumpkin, teal pumpkins that represent nonfood treats for children with allergies and a Pokémon themed pumpkin. Diane Dachota,, "Fall Festival brings hayrides and pumpkins to Western Springs," 7 Oct. 2019 To conserve, people are using non-potable water for nonfood uses like laundry. Rachel D’oro,, "Alaska’s hot, dry summer leads to droughts in some areas," 7 Sep. 2019 The incident happened after Bosco ingested some nonfood items, forcing authorities to take him to the hospital earlier in the day, police said. Eduardo Medina,, "Sonoma County jail inmate suffocates while eating sandwich," 19 July 2019

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First Known Use of nonfood

1902, in the meaning defined above

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“Nonfood.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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