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 nonworking

Contemporary Examples of nonworking

  • A nonworking working class may not be immiserated; neither will its members ever find a way to rise above their station.

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    Should We Rejoice a Post-Work Future?

    Justin Green

    February 24, 2013

Historical Examples of nonworking

  • 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



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