nonce wordnonce word
a word coined and used for a single or particular occasion
A word occurring, invented, or used just for a particular occasion; for example, the word mileconsuming in “the wagon beginning to fall into its slow and mileconsuming clatter” (William Faulkner).
(plural nonce words)
- (lexicography) A word invented for the occasion.
From for the nonce, and word.