- The definition of off is something that is no longer attached, no longer in operation or no longer happening.
- An example of off is when a person removes their jacket from their body.
- An example of off is when a person stops their car and removes the keys from the ignition.
- An example of off is when a scheduled dinner is no longer taking place.
- Off is defined as to keep someone or something away or separate.
- An example of off is removing a hat from your head.
- An example of off is sending a child to their grandparents house for a vacation.
- Off means to be no longer in a functioning position.
An example of off is a lawn mower that is not turned on.
- Off is defined as to be less than.
An example of off is to pay a discounted price of 25%.
She took her hat off.
- so as to be or keep away, at a distance, to a side, etc.: to move off, to ward off
- so as to be measured, divided, etc.: to pace off, to mark off
- so as to be no longer on, attached, united, covering, in contact, etc.: take off your hat, the paint wore off
- (a specified distance) away:
- in space: a town ten miles off
- in time: a date two weeks off
- so as to be no longer in operation, function, continuance, etc.: turn the motor off
- to the point of completion, extinction, or exhaustion: drink it off
- so as to be less, smaller, fewer, etc.: to allow 5% off for cash
- so as to lose consciousness: to doze off
- away from one's work or usual activity: to take a week off
Origin of offLate Middle English variant, variety of of, of, later generalized for all occurrences of of in stressed positions
- (so as to be) no longer (or not) on, attached to, united with, covering, in contact with, etc.: it blew off the desk; a car went off the road
- away from but not far from: to live off campus, anchored off the lee shore
- from the substance of; on: to live off an inheritance
- at the expense of
- coming or branching out from: an alley off Main Street
- free or relieved from: off duty
- not up to the usual level, standard, etc. of: off one's game
- less than; taken from: 25% off the regular price
- Informal no longer using, engaging in, supporting, etc.; abstaining from: to be off liquor
- Informal from: I bought it off a friend
- not on, attached, united, etc.: his hat is off
- not in operation, function, continuance, etc.: the motor is off
- gone away; on the way: be off to bed
- less, smaller, fewer, etc.: sales are off
- lower in value
- away from work, etc.; absent: the maid is off today
- not up to what is usual, normal, standard, etc.: an off day
- more remote; further: on the off chance, the off side
- on the right side, facing forward: said of an animal in double harness, a wagon wheel, etc.
- in (specified) circumstances: to be well off
- not correct; in error; wrong: his figures are off
- Informal not quite normal in thinking, behavior, etc.; mildly eccentric
- Cricket designating the side of the field facing the batsman
- the fact or condition of being off: turn the switch from off to on
- Cricket the off side
off and on
off with you!
- From a place or position: He walked off in a huff.
- a. At a certain distance in space or time: a mile off; a week off.b. From a given course or route; aside: The car swerved off into a ditch.c. Into a state of unconsciousness: I must have dozed off.
- a. So as to be no longer on, attached, or connected: He shaved off his mustache.b. So as to be divided: We marked off the playing field by yards.
- So as to be no longer continuing, operating, or functioning: She switched off the radio.
- So as to be completely removed, finished, or eliminated: Will the cats kill off the mice?
- So as to be in a state of sudden violent or loud activity: The firecracker went off. The alarm went off.
- So as to be smaller, fewer, or less: Sales dropped off.
- So as to be away from or not engaged in work or duty: They took a day off.
- a. Distant or removed; farther: the off side of the barn.b. Remote; slim: stopped by on the off chance that they're home.
- Not on, attached, or connected: with my shoes off.
- Not operating or operational: The oven is off.
- No longer taking place; canceled: The wedding is off.
- Slack: Production was off this year.
- a. Not up to standard; below a normal or satisfactory level: Your pitching is off today.b. Not accurate; incorrect: Your statistical results are off.c. Somewhat crazy; eccentric: I think that person is a little off.
- Started on the way; going: I'm off to see the president.
- a. Absent, away from, or not engaged in work or duty: She's off every Tuesday.b. Spent away from work or duty: My off day is Saturday.
- a. Being on the right side of an animal or vehicle.b. Being the animal or vehicle on the right.
- Nautical Farthest from the shore; seaward.
- Sports Toward or designating the side of the field facing the batsman in cricket.
- So as to be removed or distant from: The bird hopped off the branch.
- Away or relieved from: off duty.
- a. By consuming: living off locusts and honey.b. With the means provided by: living off my pension.c. Informal From: “What else do you want off me?” (Jimmy Breslin).
- Extending or branching out from: an artery off the heart.
- Not up to the usual standard of: off his game.
- So as to abstain from: went off narcotics.
- Nautical To seaward of: a mile off Sandy Hook.
verboffed, off·ing, offs
verb, transitive Slang
Origin of offVariant of Middle English of, from Old English; see apo- in Indo-European roots. Usage Note: The compound preposition off of is generally regarded as informal and is best avoided in formal speech and writing: He stepped off (not off of) the platform. Off is informal as well when used to indicate a source. Formal style requires I borrowed it from (not off) my brother.
(comparative more off, superlative most off)
- on, in
(comparative more off, superlative most off)
- Inoperative, disabled.
- All the lights are off.
- Rancid, rotten.
- This milk is off!
- (cricket) In, or towards the half of the field away from the batsman's legs; the right side for a right-handed batsman.
- Less than normal, in temperament or in result.
- sales are off this quarter
- Circumstanced (as in well off, better off, poorly off).
- Started on the way.
- off to see the wizard
- And they're off! Whatsmyname takes an early lead, with Remember The Mane behind by a nose.
- Far; off to the side.
- the off horse or ox in a team, in distinction from the nigh or near horse
- Designating a time when one is not strictly attentive to business or affairs, or is absent from a post, and, hence, a time when affairs are not urgent.
- He took an off day for fishing.
- an off year in politics
- the off season
- Used to indicate movement away from a position on
- I took it off the table.; Come off the roof!
- (colloquial) Out of the possession of.
- He didn't buy it off him. He stole it off him.
- Away from or not on.
- He's off the computer, but he's still on the phone.; Keep off the grass.
- Disconnected or subtracted from.
- We've been off the grid for three days now.; He took 20% off the list price.
- Distant from.
- We're just off the main road.; The island is 23 miles off the cape.
- No longer wanting or taking.
- He's been off his feed since Tuesday.; He's off his meds again.
- Placed after a number (of products or parts, as if a unit), in commerce or engineering.
- Tantalum bar 6 off 3/8" Dia × 12" — Atom, Great Britain Atomic Energy Authority, 1972
- samples submitted … 12 off Thermistors type 1K3A531 … — BSI test report for shock and vibration testing, 2000
- I'd like to re-order those printer cartridges, let's say 5-off.
(third-person singular simple present offs, present participle offing, simple past and past participle offed)
Cognate with Latin ab and Greek apo.