: involving or working less than customary or standard hours
a part-time job
part-time students
part-time adverb
part-timer noun

Examples of part-time in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Since finishing his military duty, he’s been working part-time hours at a convenience store, but has had little impetus to improve his life. Joan MacDonald, Forbes, 10 Feb. 2024 Carroll was working part-time at that point to focus on raising their sons. Alex Riggins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Feb. 2024 In November, Syracuse Opera canceled the rest of its season and furloughed its staff of one full-time and four part-time employees. Michael Andor Brodeur, Washington Post, 10 Feb. 2024 During the holidays, Town Square hires temporary part-time workers to avoid giving their year-round staff enough hours to qualify for health care. Jordan Kisner, The Atlantic, 9 Feb. 2024 There was an Irishman named James Nolan, who met Quinn in Dublin in the 1990s and worked as a part-time manager for P.&I.D. Jesse Barron, New York Times, 9 Feb. 2024 With Williams eventually deciding to get a part-time job. Jesse Newell, Kansas City Star, 9 Feb. 2024 Of the employers surveyed, nearly 80% have summoned their staff back to the office (on a part-time basis, at least) but one in three employees feel like the office isn’t ready for their return. Byorianna Rosa Royle, Fortune Europe, 7 Feb. 2024 Gina worked part-time as a bartender at Sports Page Barr, while also working at Wisconsin Vision Associates, the obituary states. Liam Quinn, Peoplemag, 6 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1856, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of part-time was in 1856

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“Part-time.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/part-time. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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adjective or adverb
: involving or working less than a full or regular schedule

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