Definition of nonce word in English:

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A word coined for one single occasion only: English bristles with nonce words
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  • Another sort of punning found in newspapers is the allusive re-using of nonce words from slogans.
  • Nonce-words in ing are formed freely on words or phrases of many kinds, e.g. oh-ing, hear-hearing, hoo-hooing, pshawing, yo-hoing.
  • The word 'truth' is morphed into the nonce-word 'tlooth' in the title of Mathews's second novel.


late 19th century: from nonce1 + word.

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