[fleks-tahym] /ˈflɛksˌtaɪm/

a system of working that allows an employee to choose, within limits, the hours for starting and leaving work each day.

1972, translating German Gleitzeit “sliding time.” See flex + time (n.).


Flexible working time that varies as to hours and days worked: flextime for working mothers and fathers in business

[1970s+; fr the trademark of a device used to record the hours an employee works]


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