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Princeton's WordNet

  1. time being, noncenoun

    the present occasion

    "for the nonce"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Noncenoun

    Purpose; intent; design. Not now in use.

    Etymology: The original of this word is uncertain; Stephen Skinner imagines it to come from own or once; or from nutz, German, need or use: Franciscus Junius derives it less probably from noiance, to do for the nonce; being, according to him, to do it merely for mischief.

    I saw a wolf
    Nursing two whelps; I saw her little ones
    In wanton dalliance the teat to crave,
    While she her neck wreath’d from them for the nonce. Edmund Spenser.

    They used at first to fume the fish in a house built for the nonce. Carew.

    When in your motion you are hot,
    And that he calls for drink, I’ll have prepar’d him
    A chalice for the nonce. William Shakespeare, Hamlet.

    Such a light and metall’d dance,
    Saw you never;
    And they lead men for the nonce,
    That turn round like grindle-stones. Ben Jonson.

    A voider for the nonce,
    I wrong the devil should I pick their bones. John Cleveland.

    Coming ten times for the nonce,
    I never yet could see it flow but once. Charles Cotton.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Noncenoun

    the one or single occasion; the present call or purpose; -- chiefly used in the phrase for the nonce

  2. Etymology: [For the nonce, OE. for the nones, a corruption of for then ones, where n. in then is a relic of AS. m in am, dat. of the article and demonstrative pronoun, E. the. See For, Once, and The.]


  1. Nonce

    In the United Kingdom, nonce is a slang word for a sex offender or child sexual abuser. Although the term traditionally referred specifically to sex offenders, it later become a more general term of abuse approximately synonymous with "idiot". Nonce also means "now" in ordinary English and has other meanings in the terms "nonce word" and "cryptographic nonce".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Nonce

    nons, n. (only in phrase 'for the nonce') the present time, occasion.—Nonce-word, a word specially coined, like Carlyle's gigmanity. [The substantive has arisen by mistake from 'for the nones,' originally for then ones, meaning simply 'for the once.']

Editors Contribution

  1. nonce

    a friendly name for a british person.

    Submitted by JeffGeoff on February 3, 2021  

  2. nonce

    Nonce is a term used for child sex offenders in the U.K.,it stands for “Not on normal courtyard exercise” due to the fact that they had to have segregated exercise times because they would be attacked otherwise.

    Submitted by monsieurpetite on August 6, 2021  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of NONCE in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of NONCE in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

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