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[adjective pahrt-tahym; adverb pahrt-tahym]
  1. employed to work, used, expected to function, etc., less than the usual or full time: a part-time clerk.
  2. lasting, requiring, or being in force only a part of the time: part-time employment; part-time jobs.
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  1. on a part-time basis: to work part-time.
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Origin of part-time

First recorded in 1890–95; adj., adv. use of part time

part time

  1. a period of time that is less than the usual or full time.
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Origin of part time

First recorded in 1890–95
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British Dictionary definitions for part-time


  1. for less than the entire time appropriate to an activitya part-time job; a part-time waitress
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adverb part time
  1. on a part-time basishe works part time
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Derived Formspart-timer, noun
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Word Origin and History for part-time


also parttime, 1891, from part (n.) + time (n.). Related: Part-timer.

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