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Meaning & Definition of Nonstandard in English

English

Nonstandard

/nɑnstændərd/

adjective

1. Not conforming to the language usage of a prestige group within a community

  • "A nonstandard dialect is one used by uneducated speakers or socially disfavored groups"
  • "The common core of nonstandard words and phrases in folk speech"- a.r.dunlap
    synonym:
  • nonstandard

2. Varying from or not adhering to a standard

  • "Nonstandard windows"
  • "Envelopes of nonstandard sizes"
  • "Nonstandard lengths of board"
    synonym:
  • nonstandard

3. Not standard

  • Not accepted as a model of excellence
  • "A nonstandard text"
    synonym:
  • nonstandard