nonstandard

adjective non·stan·dard \ ˌnän-ˈstan-dərd \

Definition of nonstandard

1 : not standard
2 : not conforming in pronunciation, grammatical construction, idiom, or word choice to the usage generally characteristic of educated native speakers of a language — compare substandard

Examples of nonstandard in a Sentence

  1. He works nonstandard hours so that he can pick his kids up from school.

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First Known Use of nonstandard

1870


NONSTANDARD Defined for English Language Learners

nonstandard

adjective

Definition of nonstandard for English Language Learners

  • : not accepted or used by most of the educated speakers and writers of a language

  • : not the usual size or kind


NONSTANDARD Defined for Kids

nonstandard

adjective non·stan·dard \ ˈnän-ˈstan-dərd \

Definition of nonstandard for Students

: different from or lower in quality than what is typical
  • nonstandard work

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