Off Definition

ôf, ŏf
offs
adverb
From a place or position.
He walked off in a huff.
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So as to be or keep away, at a distance, to a side, etc.
To move off, to ward off.
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From a given course or route; aside.
The car swerved off into a ditch.
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(a specified distance) Away:
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So as to be no longer on, attached, united, covering, in contact, etc.
Take off your hat, the paint wore off.
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adjective
Distant or removed; farther.
The off side of the barn.
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Not on, attached, united, etc.
His hat is off.
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Not in operation, function, continuance, etc.
The motor is off.
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Not operating or operational.
The oven is off.
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Less, smaller, fewer, etc.
Sales are off.
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preposition
(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.
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So as to be removed or distant from.
The bird hopped off the branch.
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Away from but not far from.
To live off campus, anchored off the lee shore.
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By consuming.
Living off locusts and honey.
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From the substance of; on.
To live off an inheritance.
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verb
To go away; leave.
Off or I'll call the police.
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To kill; murder.
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(Singapore) To switch off.

Can you off the light?
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noun
offs
The fact or condition of being off.
Turn the switch from off to on.
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The off side.
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interjection
Go away; stay away.
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abbreviation
Offered.
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Office.
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Officer.
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Official.
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A contest of skill in a (specified) activity or field, esp. one in which finalists compete, as by preparing their own version of a recipe, to determine a champion.
A chili cook-off.
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prefix

Away from; off.

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idiom
off and on
  • In an intermittent manner:

    slept off and on last night.

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off and on
  • now and then; intermittently
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off with!
  • put off! take off! remove!
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off with you!
  • go away! depart!
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Origin of Off

  • From Middle English of-, from Old English of-, æf- (“off, away, down, un-”), from Proto-Germanic *af- (“off, away”), from Proto-Indo-European *apo- (“off, away”). Cognate with Dutch af- (“off, away, down”), German ab- (“off, from, down”), Latin ab- (“from, of”), Ancient Greek απο- (apo-, “away from, without”).

    From Wiktionary

  • Variant of Middle English of from Old English apo- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Cognate with Latin ab and Greek apo.

    From Wiktionary

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