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[non-wur-king] /nɒnˈwɜr kɪŋ/
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
First recorded in 1850-55; non- + working Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • 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

    Edwin Benson
  • As the soil of the world is required for increasing population, the non-working people must go.

British Dictionary definitions for non-working


not engaged in payed employment: nonworking mothers
(of machinery, technology, etc) not operating properly or effectively: nonworking telephones
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