American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A person who cannot or does not read, especially a child who takes a long time learning to read.
- n. One who does not read.
- 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.”
“Tzenkethi script fell across the hull like flowing water, which seemed like abstract art to a nonreader of the language.”
“Even my sister who is a definte nonreader, spends time reading books to her two children.”
“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.”
“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?”
“By nonreader, we met alliterate — someone who can read perfectly well, but prefers other forms of communication and art over text.”
“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.”
“Read it and weep: The Kindle is not going to make a reader out of a nonreader.”
“Perhaps the fault of not reading lies in the breast of the nonreader?”
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