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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for non-working

Contemporary Examples of non-working

Historical Examples of non-working

  • 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.

  • 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 employmentnonworking mothers
(of machinery, technology, etc) not operating properly or effectivelynonworking telephones
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