non·​work·​ing ˌnän-ˈwər-kiŋ How to pronounce nonworking (audio)
variants or less commonly non-working
: not working:
: not employed : not having a paying job
Of nonworking mothers who have preschool children, more than a quarter say they would seek paying jobs if reasonably priced child care were available.Joshua Mendes
: not of, relating to, or involving work
nonworking hours/days
a nonworking trip
: not functioning
a nonworking lamp
To get there, I have to negotiate intersections with nonworking traffic signals.Laurie Hertzel

Examples of nonworking in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In some cases, authorities stopped trying to notify next of kin after an unanswered door-knock or dialing a nonworking phone number. Jon Schuppe, NBC News, 22 Feb. 2024 Her client bought the nonworking red 1980 BMW M1, gutted it and restored the shell. WSJ, 1 Feb. 2022 However, it was acknowledged, nonworking chargers are partly responsible for waiting times that can stretch into hours. Russ Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 26 Jan. 2024 Overall, this is the best flameless candle to set in a nonworking fireplace, large lantern, or as a table centerpiece because of its oversized appearance. Maya Polton, Better Homes & Gardens, 14 Sep. 2023 It should also be measured according to unions’ presence in the rank and file’s everyday nonworking lives. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, 19 Sep. 2023 The mayor had also declared Monday would be a nonworking day in anticipation of the arrival in Moscow of Wagner forces that didn't materialize. WSJ, 27 June 2023 In Moscow and the surrounding region, which together account for nearly 25% of new daily infections, the nonworking period will not be extended beyond Sunday, officials said. Democrat-Gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 4 Nov. 2021 He was cited for not having an Ohio driver license or insurance and nonworking car headlights. cleveland, 25 Feb. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1676, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nonworking was in 1676

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Cite this Entry

“Nonworking.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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