nonreader

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

non- +‎ reader

Noun[edit]

nonreader (plural nonreaders)

  1. One who does not read.
    • 2007 February 24, Alan Riding, “Read It? No, but You Can Skim a Few Pages and Fake It”, in New York Times[1]:
      “I am surprised because I hadn’t imagined how guilty nonreaders feel,” Mr. Bayard, 52, said in an interview.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Probably less pejorative than illiterate, leaving open the question of ability to read.