Definition of nonworking in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌnänˈwərkiNG/

Entry from US English dictionary


1Not earning an income: a nonworking spouse
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  • The idea of a nonworking wife has already become unthinkable for many middleclass men.
  • We can either afford to divert that much of our output to nonworking retirees or we can't.
  • Note that among indoor workers we included nonworking people in some age groups.
1.1Not requiring or involving work for money: nonworking days
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  • Previous research has suggested that working environments are different from nonworking environments.
  • A weekly hour estimate is calculated by adding up hourly estimates for working and nonworking days in a single week.
  • You need access to information, face time and schmoozing informally, off-site and in nonworking hours.
1.2Not functional or operational: responsible disposal of nonworking products
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  • There would be more litter, more graffiti, more nonworking drinking fountains.
  • The mechanics kept the vehicles operational by making controlled substitutions from comparable nonworking vehicles.
  • At the moment, you can buy most nonworking games for less than $250.






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Syllabification: non·work·ing

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