non·​hap·​pen·​ing ˌnän-ˈhap-niŋ How to pronounce nonhappening (audio)
: failure to happen
A debt is contingent if the debtor's liability is determined by the happening or nonhappening of a future event.John H. Williamson
: something that does not happen
But perhaps the most important happening in this offseason was a nonhappening: not one of the NASL's 24 franchises folded or moved.John Feinstein
: something (such as an event) that is not interesting, entertaining, or important
… it was a late-night match, not televised, past most newspaper deadlines, therefore practically a nonhappening except for those in attendance.Bud Collins

Word History

First Known Use

1850, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of nonhappening was in 1850

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Cite this Entry

“Nonhappening.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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