non·​swim·​mer | \ ˌnän-ˈswi-mər How to pronounce nonswimmer (audio) \
plural nonswimmers

Definition of nonswimmer

: one who is not a swimmer : someone who lacks the ability or skill to swim When I was a camper, only nonswimmers wore life preservers on the lake.— David Brooks

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Weak and nonswimmers should wear personal flotation devices when in or near the water. Lisa Cianci,, "Kid drownings: Oceans, lakes bigger risk than pools," 23 May 2018 A nonswimmer herself, Ms. Joseph-Coutain needed help. Clara Germani, The Christian Science Monitor, "Most Grenadians don’t know how to swim. But one woman is changing that.," 25 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of nonswimmer

1864, in the meaning defined above

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