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

Examples of nonswimmer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The nonswimmer holds on to the names of these villains forever — along with the secret belief that the real culprit was his or her own fear. Mary Pols, New York Times, "Eat. Sleep. Swim. Repeat.," 14 Apr. 2020 Always supervise children around water, and keep new swimmers and nonswimmers within arm's reach. Tom Steele, Dallas News, "3-year-old boy drowns in 'tragic accident' in backyard pool in Weatherford," 1 Aug. 2019 The pediatrics group recommends that children always wear life jackets when boating or near bodies of water, including nonswimmers and children who know how to swim. Amy Chillag, CNN, "Drowning is the leading cause of accidental death for young children. Here's how to prevent it," 3 July 2019 The weeklong retreats are for everyone, even nonswimmers, but tend to draw women in their 30s, 40s and 50s, says founder Tierza Eichner. Margot Dougherty, WSJ, "Luxury Learning Vacations: Bring Back More Than a Tan," 1 May 2019 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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“Nonswimmer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2020.

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