Piles of chicken offal.
An example of offal are the intestines of a butchered chicken.
- waste parts; esp., the entrails, etc. of a butchered animal
- refuse; garbage
Origin of offalMiddle English ofall, literally , off-fall
- Waste parts, especially of a butchered animal.
- 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.