- (Of a word or expression) coined for one occasion: a nonce wordMore example sentences
- Is this a nonce instance, or are ‘home’ and ‘hone’ trading places?
- Among sports we have terms like parascending and surfari, and nonce adjectives such as sportsational or swimsational which blend words with the last element of sensational.
for the nonce
- For the present; temporarily: the room had been converted for the nonce into a nurseryMore example sentences
- ‘Nonce-word,’ by the way, is a nifty little term that means ‘a word coined for the nonce,’ which is to say ‘a word coined for one occasion.’
- I have nothing to say about Wesley Clark's run, for the nonce.
- Just work with me for the nonce, and agree that whether or not your position on the 2000 Florida election happens to be the legally correct one, it is very, very hard to separate your opinion on the law from your opinion on the candidates.
nounBritish • informal
- A person convicted of a sexual offence, especially against a child.More example sentences
- But why not give an amnesty to all the dopefiends, which would give us more space for the murderers, rapists, and nonces?
- If they're not terrorists, they're probably nonces anyway.
- And Tiffany was way too boring to fetch the eye of the nonce.
1970s: of unknown origin.