Piles of chicken offal.
An example of offal are the intestines of a butchered chicken.
- [with sing. or pl. v.] waste parts; esp., the entrails, etc. of a butchered animal
- refuse; garbage
Origin of offalMiddle English ofall, literally , off-fall
- Waste material or byproducts from a manufacturing process.
- Meat, including internal organs (such as liver, heart, or kidney) and extremities (such as tail or hooves), that has been taken from a part other than skeletal muscles. Also called variety meat .
- Refuse; rubbish.
Origin of offalMiddle English of- off ( from Old English) ( from of ; see apo- in Indo-European roots.) fal fall
From Middle English offal (“offal, refuse, scrap waste"), possibly from Old Norse affall (“offal"), or from Middle English of- +"Ž fal(l), equivalent to off- +"Ž fall. Cognate with Danish affald (“waste, refuse"), Swedish avfall (“waste, refuse"), Dutch afval (“waste, refuse"), German Abfall (“waste, refuse"), Old English offeallan (“to cut off"). More at off, fall.