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  1. not employed for a salary, fees, or wages; not producing or generating income: Our employee medical plan also covers nonworking spouses.
  2. 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?
  3. not functioning or operating: a nonworking coffee grinder.
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Origin of nonworking

First recorded in 1850–55; non- + working
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Examples from the Web for nonworking

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Historical Examples

  • A group of nonworking Lithuanian women heard that neglected children were reported to the settlement in the neighborhood.

    New Homes for Old

    Sophonisba Preston Breckinridge

  • All election dates are set on weekends or nonworking days to ensure continuous work production.

    Area Handbook for Bulgaria

    Eugene K. Keefe, Violeta D. Baluyut, William Giloane, Anne K. Long, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole

British Dictionary definitions for nonworking


  1. not engaged in payed employmentnonworking mothers
  2. (of machinery, technology, etc) not operating properly or effectivelynonworking telephones
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