Origin of nonsmoker

First recorded in 1840–50; non- + smoker Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for non-smoker

Contemporary Examples of non-smoker

Historical Examples of non-smoker

  • Zavilovski, as a non-smoker, remained with the ladies in the drawing-roam.

    Children of the Soil

    Henryk Sienkiewicz

  • A friend of his had been dining with a man who was both a teetotaler and a non-smoker.

  • He is a total abstainer, a non-smoker, and a frequenter of houses of fair reception.

    An Ocean Tramp

    William McFee

  • Another and greater Victorian, Gladstone, was also a non-smoker.

  • Miss Dickenson, being a lady and non-smoker, could converse consecutively, as usual.

    When Ghost Meets Ghost

    William Frend De Morgan

British Dictionary definitions for non-smoker


  1. a person who does not smoke
  2. a train compartment in which smoking is forbidden
Derived Formsnonsmoking, adjective
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Word Origin and History for non-smoker

also nonsmoker, "person who does not smoke," 1846, in reference to railways. Non-smoking (adj.) is attested from 1891.

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