[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.
  1. on a part-time basis: to work part-time.
Compare full-time.

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.
Compare full time.

Origin of part time

First recorded in 1890–95 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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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
adverb part time
  1. on a part-time basishe works part time
Compare full-time
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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