from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A person who cannot or does not read, especially a child who takes a long time learning to read.

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  • n. One who does not read.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a student who is very slow in learning to read
  • n. a person unable to read


non- +‎ reader (Wiktionary)


  • When reading is what every student around you is supposed to be able to do, when the world is offered up in signs, pages, and screens of words, a nonreader is reminded constantly of what he is not good at.

    Red Flags or Red Herrings?

  • Tzenkethi script fell across the hull like flowing water, which seemed like abstract art to a nonreader of the language.

    Star Trek: Typhon Pact: Rough Beasts of Empire

  • Even my sister who is a definte nonreader, spends time reading books to her two children.

    Suitable for boys « Write Anything

  • To a nonreader, writing is a form of magic -- unreliable, misleading; to an islander, everything beyond the shores of the island is unreal, dark, threatening, no matter how sunny the horizon looks.


  • Or they turn a nonreader into a reader or even a writer.

    Books That Can Change Lives

  • But saying a child who is a nonreader is not a big deal gives a teacher a pass over children who are delayed in their development of literacy skills?

    Take the CLAT « educating alice

  • By nonreader, we met alliterate — someone who can read perfectly well, but prefers other forms of communication and art over text.

    Take the CLAT « educating alice

  • I want to see every young person who is fortunate enough to go to public school in America have minimum standard of literacy by the time they graduate, and I believe you do too, but saying that it is ok to be a nonreader just sounds bad.

    Take the CLAT « educating alice

  • Read it and weep: The Kindle is not going to make a reader out of a nonreader.

    Publishing Spotted: How To Get a Degree in Creative Nonfiction

  • Perhaps the fault of not reading lies in the breast of the nonreader?

    About those libraries.

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