non·​sto·​ry ˌnän-ˈstȯr-ē How to pronounce nonstory (audio)
plural nonstories
: something that is not a story
a nonstory with no clear plot
specifically : an event or occurrence that is not newsworthy enough to be a news story
What had been an obscure Canadian nonstory, just another chapter in an endless saga of debate and dispute, suddenly had become world news. Guy Lawson

Examples of nonstory in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web However, in a new interview with Variety, Nicola shut down the reports as a nonstory. Kathleen Walsh, Glamour, 11 Aug. 2022 Her work became increasingly about voice: looking for the line between voice and nonvoice, speech and nonspeech, story and nonstory. New York Times, 6 Oct. 2021 Telling you this nonstory feels excessive, embarrassing, in poor taste, even though death and grieving often feel that way, too. Lidija Haas, Harper's magazine, 28 Oct. 2019 The ClipCast podcast broke this nonstory over the weekend. Gary Peterson, The Mercury News, 3 Sep. 2019 One reporter trying to distort 18 yr old nonstory to sow seeds of division. Margaret Hartmann, Daily Intelligencer, 14 Feb. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1967, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nonstory was in 1967

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“Nonstory.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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