In the sleuth hound of 6, Wilbraham Place, Sloane Square, however, he speedily discovered that he had come up against one of the Untouchables, a man to whom even Oofy Prosser, that outstanding non-parter, would have felt compelled to raise his hat.

What does this word non-parter mean in this bit of Uncle Fred in the Springtime by P.G. Wodehouse?

  • Non-parter is a non-word. Parter is itself a made-up word, "A broadcast or published work with a specified number of parts: the first in a six-parter" (The Free Dictionary). – Kris Nov 2 '12 at 4:09
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    @Kris: If you think PG Wodehouse has less right (and less skill) to coin words than the Free Dictionary you must be blotto. – Tim Lymington Nov 2 '12 at 13:13
  • @TimLymington In the seventies, Sir Pelham never said anything to me about it. So maybe not. His was 'light writing' and his characters' appropriately slang or Shakespearean. – Kris Nov 2 '12 at 13:46

A man who is unwilling to part with money (difficult to borrow from or 'touch', hence the pun on Untouchable).

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