(noun, 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

Similar word(s): bad, unacceptable, unaccepted

2. varying from or not adhering to a standard

- nonstandard windows

- envelopes of nonstandard sizes

- nonstandard lengths of board

Similar word(s): deficient, inferior, substandard, nonnormative

3. not standard; not accepted as a model of excellence

- a nonstandard text


1. Something that is not standard.