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Orthogonal frequency-division multiplexing (OFDM) systems usually make use of a set of square M quadrature-amplitude modulation ( M-QAM) constellations to obtain a good tradeoff between throughput and symbol-error robustness. However, the switch to the next constellation increases the number of bits per modulation symbol by two. The introduction of nonsquare M -QAM constellations in such systems brings extra advantages such as smoother transition among bit rates and a reduction of the peak-to-average ratio of the OFDM signal. Therefore, this paper unfolds analytical expressions to evaluate the symbol-error performance of nonsquare M-QAM OFDM on nonlinear time-variant additive white Gaussian noise channels, taking clipping distortion into account. Cross and overlaid M-QAM are considered. Analytical performances are evaluated and compared with computational simulations, which show good agreement.