The firecracker went off. The alarm went off.
Will the cats kill off the mice?
She switched off the radio.
With my shoes off.
The oven is off.
The bird hopped off the branch.
The wedding is off.
Production was off this year.
I'm off to see the president.
An artery off the heart.
Off his game.
Went off narcotics.
A mile off Sandy Hook.
Off or I'll call the police.
To move off, to ward off.
To pace off, to mark off.
Take off your hat, the paint wore off.
- In space.A town ten miles off.
- In time.A date two weeks off.
To allow 5% off for cash.
To doze off.
To take a week off.
It blew off the desk; a car went off the road.
To live off campus, anchored off the lee shore.
An alley off Main Street.
Off one's game.
25% off the regular price.
To be off liquor.
I bought it off a friend.
His hat is off.
The motor is off.
Be off to bed.
The maid is off today.
An off day.
On the off chance, the off side.
To be well off.
His figures are off.
Turn the switch from off to on.
A chili cook-off.
Please switch off the light when you leave. die off.
Sales are off this quarter.
Off to see the wizard.
And they're off! Whatsmyname takes an early lead, with Remember The Mane behind by a nose.
He took an off day for fishing.
An off year in politics.
The off season.
I took it off the table.; Come off the roof!
He didn't buy it off him. He stole it off him.
He's off the computer, but he's still on the phone.; Keep off the grass.
We've been off the grid for three days now.; He took 20% off the list price.
We're just off the main road.; The island is 23 miles off the cape.
He's been off his feed since Tuesday.; He's off his meds again.
Tantalum bar 6 off 3/8" Dia Ã— 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.
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.
An example of off is a lawn mower that is not turned on.
An example of off is to pay a discounted price of 25%.
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.
He walked off in a huff.
They took a day off.
Sales dropped off.
- In an intermittent manner:.Slept off and on last night.
- Now and then; intermittently.
- Put off! take off! remove!.
- Go away! depart!.
Origin of off
From Webster's New World College Dictionary, 5th Edition
- Variant of Middle English of from Old English apo- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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”).
- Cognate with Latin ab and Greek apo.