Definition of non-performing in US English:



  • 1That is guilty of failing to fulfil a promise, contract, obligation, etc. (rare).

  • 2Designating or relating to a person affiliated with the arts but not involved in public performance. Also: denoting an art such as painting, sculpture, etc., which does not normally involve public performance by the artist.

  • 3Finance. Of, relating to, or denoting an asset that is not producing the anticipated or contractually due income; especially denoting a loan whose borrower has defaulted on repayments. Frequently in "non-performing asset", "non-performing loan".


Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Faithfull Scout. From non- + performing.