[foo l-tahym]


working or operating the customary number of hours in each day, week, or month: a full-time housekeeper; full-time production.Compare part-time.


on a full-time basis.

Origin of full-time

First recorded in 1895–1900

full time


the number of hours in a period, as a day, week, or month, considered customary for pursuing an activity, especially working at a job: The factory now operates on full time.
Compare part time.

Origin of full time

First recorded in 1910–15
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Examples from the Web for full-time

Contemporary Examples of full-time

Historical Examples of full-time

  • Since when could a gambling casino afford a full-time Twenty-fifth?


    Gordon Randall Garrett

  • When he was in the late twenties he decided to become a full-time writer.

    Hi Jolly!

    James Arthur Kjelgaard

  • When he was in his late twenties he decided to become a full-time writer.

    Rescue Dog of the High Pass

    James Arthur Kjelgaard

  • In 1920 it was incorporated and a full-time manager employed.

    Frying Pan Farm

    Elizabeth Brown Pryor

  • This was the original model, they've never gone into production on girls like her full-time.

    The Very Black

    Dean Evans

British Dictionary definitions for full-time



for the entire time appropriate to an activitya full-time job; a full-time student

adverb full time

on a full-time basishe works full time
Compare part-time
Derived Formsfull-timer, noun

full time


the end of a football or other matchCompare half-time
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Word Origin and History for full-time

full time

also fulltime, full-time, 1898; full-timer is attested from 1868; see full (adj.) + time.

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