nonreader

noun

non·​read·​er ˌnän-ˈrē-dər How to pronounce nonreader (audio)
1
: one who does not or cannot read
2
: a child who is slow in learning to read
nonreading adjective

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Recent research says both readers and nonreaders substantially benefit from their newspaper: cleaner government, better economy, more folks willing to run for office, better environment, lower government debt, less corruption. Thomas Newton And James Ewert, The Mercury News, 3 Sep. 2019 Even to nonreaders, Wolfe, who died Monday at age 88, was instantly recognizable by his white suits. latimes.com, 16 May 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1689, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of nonreader was in 1689

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Cite this Entry

“Nonreader.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nonreader. Accessed 26 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

nonreader

noun

non·​read·​er -ˈrēd-ər How to pronounce nonreader (audio)
1
: one who does not or cannot read
2
: a child who is slow in learning to read
nonreading adjective
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