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part time

noun
1.
a period of time that is less than the usual or full time.
Compare full time.
Origin of part time
1890-1895
1890-95

part-time

[adj. pahrt-tahym; adv. pahrt-tahym] /adj. ˈpɑrtˌtaɪm; adv. ˈpɑrtˈtaɪm/
adjective
1.
employed to work, used, expected to function, etc., less than the usual or full time:
a part-time clerk.
2.
lasting, requiring, or being in force only a part of the time:
part-time employment; part-time jobs.
adverb
3.
on a part-time basis:
to work part-time.
Compare full-time.
Origin
1890-95; adj., adv. use of part time
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  • The part-time workers in a locality are obtained by the wife of the squire or vicar acting as a volunteer registrar.

    Mobilizing Woman-Power Harriot Stanton Blatch
  • As a part-time historian I can tell you there's a word for that—Judas goat.

    Measure for a Loner James Judson Harmon
  • It is the part-time home of many influential lawmakers, who concern themselves about its beauty and well-being.

    The Nation's River United States Department of the Interior
  • In other words, we must be constructive in any part-time measures which are adopted.

  • It further proposes to develop out of its war experience, on a large scale, the part-time and continuation-school idea.

British Dictionary definitions for part-time

part-time

adjective
1.
for less than the entire time appropriate to an activity: a part-time job, a part-time waitress
adverb
2.
on a part-time basis: he works part time
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Derived Forms
part-timer, noun
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Word Origin and History for part-time
adj.

also parttime, 1891, from part (n.) + time (n.). Related: Part-timer.

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