non·​work ˌnän-ˈwərk How to pronounce nonwork (audio)
: not involving or relating to paid work
during nonwork hours
a nonwork day
nonwork noun

Examples of nonwork in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web With the sudden shift to remote work, more than 60% of remote employees reported using their personal devices as their primary method of accessing company networks, and nearly 25% of those issued a work device reported using it for nonwork purposes. Rajat Bhargava, Forbes, 12 Apr. 2021 Businesses are supposed to be notified before organizers arrive, and organizers are supposed to come during nonwork times such as lunch and before and after work. Jessica Gresko, Star Tribune, 23 June 2021 Devote time for nonwork communication and activities. Anton Pavlovsky, Forbes, 11 Aug. 2022 Striking up friendships with people who don’t have any connection to your professional life encourages you to develop nonwork interests and virtues, and thus be a fuller person. Arthur C. Brooks, The Atlantic, 30 Sep. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1912, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nonwork was in 1912

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Cite this Entry

“Nonwork.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2023.

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