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

  • n. Informal A noncommissioned officer.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A non-commissioned officer, such as a sergeant (army) or petty officer (navy).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A noncommissioned officer; a military officer appointed from enlisted personnel.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An abbreviation of non-commissioned.

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

  • n. a military officer appointed from enlisted personnel


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  • A long-term noncom who was kicked upstairs beyond his ability?


  • He has shown an attitude in the past which I can only characterize as noncom -, munal.

    Across The Sea Of Suns

  • Some two-thirds were women, the very young, the old, the handicapped: time porters, nurses, whatever kind of noncom­batants were required.

    Two in Time

  • Tillman had left the military several years earlier, but everything about him shouted army noncom.

    Gideon’s war

  • His maintenance person, an active-duty Navy petty officer, was to be the noncom in charge of keeping the aircraft airworthy until more parts and personnel could be flown in.

    Day by Day Armageddon: Beyond Exile

  • More banter went on until I finally convinced the Marine on the radio to put me on with the senior noncom present.

    Day by Day Armageddon: Beyond Exile

  • The sullen noncom had served under Wingate long enough for the general to know how the man operated.

    The Green-Eyed Shwemyethna

  • At last the tough noncom had to turn away from the sight.

    The Green-Eyed Shwemyethna

  • The tough noncom had no idea what to do about this development, so he handled it in the same, direct way he handled everything.

    The Green-Eyed Shwemyethna

  • But it was just like the tough noncom to take it upon himself to do a thing like this.

    The Green-Eyed Shwemyethna


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