Definition of nonworking in US English:



  • 1Not earning an income.

    ‘a nonworking spouse’
    • ‘Results show that nonworking mothers preferred kin-provided child care.’
    • ‘The nonworking homemaker and child-rearer would have as much right to the family wealth as her husband.’
    • ‘Nonworking adolescents were compared with adolescents who worked at least two hours per week.’
    • ‘The idea of a nonworking wife has already become unthinkable for many middleclass men.’
    • ‘Particularly noteworthy is the finding that the presence of a nonworking woman in the household decreases the likelihood of unemployment.’
    • ‘Advertisers are realizing that working wives are a rich and growing market that can't be captured by the strategies aimed at nonworking wives.’
    • ‘We can either afford to divert that much of our output to nonworking retirees or we can't.’
    • ‘In contrast, about one-quarter of nonworking mothers say that they would like to have a regular paid job, but are prevented from seeking work by having to look after children.’
    • ‘Many nonworking mothers, like myself, would tell you that the stigma lies with us.’
    • ‘A Medicare equivalent would provide for the elderly and nonworking population.’
    • ‘Travel is further reduced when unemployment runs high because nonworking individuals are less likely to drive to activities like shopping or entertainment, he said.’
    • ‘That value is then divvied up based on the nonworking spouse's contribution to the working spouse's career.’
    • ‘Or maybe what links nonworking poor women with rich trophy wives is that they are commodified the most.’
    • ‘Take advantage of the Individual Retirement Account for a nonworking spouse.’
    • ‘Though hard data is difficult to find, at least a percentage of nonworking adults are not working because of a lack of jobs rather than a lack of effort.’
    • ‘Recognizing this contradiction, Illinois treats working and nonworking welfare recipients differently; the welfare time-limit clock does not tick for those who work at least 25 hours a week.’
    • ‘And we're retiring earlier, which leaves fewer working people to support a growing nonworking population.’
    • ‘For the first time in history, women who are in the work force think of their lives as richer and fuller than those of their nonworking counterparts.’
    • ‘Note that among indoor workers we included nonworking people in some age groups.’
    • ‘Moreover, a nonworking spouse can make a full contribution and take a full deduction, if the couple's adjusted gross income was below $150,000.’
    1. 1.1 Not requiring or involving work for money.
      ‘nonworking days’
      • ‘You need access to information, face time and schmoozing informally, off-site and in nonworking hours.’
      • ‘Breakfasts on nonworking days are sometimes major get-together events.’
      • ‘A weekly hour estimate is calculated by adding up hourly estimates for working and nonworking days in a single week.’
      • ‘Other nonworking holidays are New Year's Day, International Labor Day, Statehood Day, Anti-Fascist Struggle Day, and Patriotic Gratitude Day.’
      • ‘Previous research has suggested that working environments are different from nonworking environments.’
      • ‘A nonuniversity individual or organization may solicit university employees in nonworking areas only if at the time of such solicitation the employees are on nonworking time.’
    2. 1.2 Not functional or operational.
      ‘responsible disposal of nonworking products’
      • ‘Forgery of such a card should carry severe penalties to reduce the temptation present with today's nonworking system.’
      • ‘There are plenty of reasons for so many nonworking escalators and elevators.’
      • ‘Nonworking games often suffer the same tragic design flaw we see on old computer motherboards.’
      • ‘He and his young family were in the process of renovating a Clinton Hill town house (with nine nonworking fireplaces) that they bought that year for under $1 million.’
      • ‘But with only a nonworking model available in late June, getting thousands of units on store shelves by the fall seems a stretch.’
      • ‘But I bet you we could talk, and there's a lot of similarities, like the working television on top of the nonworking television.’
      • ‘Fill a shiny brass bucket with branches holding terminal clusters of the glossy green leaves and place in a front hallway or in a nonworking fireplace.’
      • ‘There would be more litter, more graffiti, more nonworking drinking fountains.’
      • ‘The normal redundancy of genetic information is of no consequence for imprinted genes - if the functional copy becomes faulty, the nonworking copy can't be turned on.’
      • ‘Again, these federal bureaucrats ought to first try their hand at shaping up Washington, D.C., with all its poverty, crime, and nonworking public services, before tinkering with Iraq.’
      • ‘Often they are static pages that lack search functions, have nonworking links and are infrequently updated.’
      • ‘Instillation of cold cardioplegia has been used for many years by thoracic surgeons to preserve the nonworking heart during open heart surgery.’
      • ‘The mechanics kept the vehicles operational by making controlled substitutions from comparable nonworking vehicles.’
      • ‘Severely deaf children can be fitted with implants that replace a nonworking inner ear.’
      • ‘At the moment, you can buy most nonworking games for less than $250.’