non·​smok·​er | \ ˌnän-ˈsmō-kər How to pronounce nonsmoker (audio) \
plural nonsmokers

Definition of nonsmoker

: a person who does not smoke tobacco : a person who is not a smoker Radon poisoning is the leading cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.— Jonathan Scholles

Examples of nonsmoker in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Kurvers, a nonsmoker, was diagnosed with adenocarcinoma, a type of lung cancer, early in 2019. Jana Hollingsworth And Chris Miller, Star Tribune, 21 June 2021 American Family Insurance quotes a price of almost $40 per month for just $10,000 in coverage on a 60-year-old nonsmoker. Holly Johnson, CNN Underscored, 23 Feb. 2021 The lifelong nonsmoker starting feeling badly before Easter Sunday in April, hardly able to get out of bed. Grace Schneider, The Courier-Journal, 9 Nov. 2020 Imagine being young and healthy, a nonsmoker with no preexisting health conditions, and then waking up one morning feeling like you were being suffocated by an unseen force. Margot Gage Witvliet, The Conversation, 11 Aug. 2020 And a preprint study found that the gene that encodes the receptor ACE2, which the novel coronavirus uses to infect cells, is more active in smokers than nonsmokers. Tanya Lewis, Scientific American, 17 Mar. 2020 In a 2008 study, for instance, doctors reported that nonsmokers were nearly three times more likely to get pregnant from I.V.F. than smokers. Melinda Wenner Moyer, New York Times, 18 Apr. 2020 One report suggests that smokers have a 14-times higher risk of severe illness with a COVID-19 infection than nonsmokers, Han said. Meredith Spelbring, Detroit Free Press, 3 Apr. 2020 Good candidates for a facelift include people who are generally healthy and do not have any conditions that might impair healing, those who have realistic expectations and a positive outlook, and nonsmokers. Allie Morris, Dallas News, 12 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of nonsmoker

1846, in the meaning defined above

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“Nonsmoker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of nonsmoker

: a person who does not smoke


non·​smok·​er | \ (ˈ)nän-ˈsmō-kər \

Kids Definition of nonsmoker

: a person who does not smoke tobacco


non·​smok·​er | \ -ˈsmō-kər How to pronounce nonsmoker (audio) \

Medical Definition of nonsmoker

: a person who does not smoke tobacco

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