- not employed for a salary, fees, or wages; not producing or generating income: Our employee medical plan also covers nonworking spouses.
- not involved in or deriving from labor; not engaged in or directed toward work, especially as an employee: What are some of your nonworking activities?
- not functioning or operating: a nonworking coffee grinder.
Origin of nonworking
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Examples from the Web for non-working
"I just love the curve of that back" said my father, in his last month, pointing to the non-working side of a royal African spoon.My Eulogy for My Father, Murray Frum
May 31, 2013
In my non-working years I will be able to live the life of my choosing.Why I Choose to Be Child-Free: Readers Share Their Stories
February 27, 2013
Phillips is wrong, for in fact this is the uprising of the non-working, anti-working, would-do-anything-sooner-than-work class.Stop Blaming the Wealthy
August 10, 2011
Believe me, when my kid was young, in the school he was in, the non-working mothers were contemptuous of those of us who worked.
I have to say I would have been a miserable mother as a non-working person.
The idle, 'dilettante', non-working, aristocratic dog they have no use for.Three Elephant Power
Andrew Barton 'Banjo' Paterson
Malmesbury has described this circle of friends as a non-working, pleasure-loving body.Rowlandson's Oxford
A. Hamilton Gibbs
There were 44 working weeks in a year and, consequently, a total of holidays and non-working times of eight weeks.Life in a Medival City
As the soil of the world is required for increasing population, the non-working people must go.North America, Volume II (of 2)
- not engaged in payed employmentnonworking mothers
- (of machinery, technology, etc) not operating properly or effectivelynonworking telephones
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