(Of a word or expression) coined for one occasion: a nonce word
More 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
- Just work with me for the nonce, and agree that whether or not your position 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.
- Force his attention to the facts and he will, to be sure, appear for the nonce to take cognizance of them, will even be troubled, for he is not inhumane.
- That does mean using the military for ‘nation-building’ in some way or other, for the nonce.
A person convicted of a sexual offence, especially against a child.
- 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.