Off meaning

ôf, ŏf
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So as to be in a state of sudden violent or loud activity.

The firecracker went off. The alarm went off.

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So as to be completely removed, finished, or eliminated.

Will the cats kill off the mice?

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So as to be no longer continuing, operating, or functioning.

She switched off the radio.

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Not on, attached, or connected.

With my shoes off.

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Not operating or operational.

The oven is off.

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So as to be removed or distant from.

The bird hopped off the branch.

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No longer taking place; canceled.

The wedding is off.

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Slack.

Production was off this year.

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Started on the way; going.

I'm off to see the president.

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Farthest from the shore; seaward.
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Toward or designating the side of the field facing the batsman in cricket.
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Off-color.
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Away or relieved from.

Off duty.

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Extending or branching out from.

An artery off the heart.

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Not up to the usual standard of.

Off his game.

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So as to abstain from.

Went off narcotics.

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To seaward of.

A mile off Sandy Hook.

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To go away; leave.

Off or I'll call the police.

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To murder.
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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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So as to be measured, divided, etc.

To pace off, to mark off.

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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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(a specified distance) Away:
  • In space.
    A town ten miles off.
  • In time.
    A date two weeks off.
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So as to be less, smaller, fewer, etc.

To allow 5% off for cash.

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So as to lose consciousness.

To doze off.

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Away from one's work or usual activity.

To take a week off.

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(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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Away from but not far from.

To live off campus, anchored off the lee shore.

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Coming or branching out from.

An alley off Main Street.

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Free or relieved from.

Off duty.

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Not up to the usual level, standard, etc. of.

Off one's game.

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Less than; taken from.

25% off the regular price.

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No longer using, engaging in, supporting, etc.; abstaining from.

To be off liquor.

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From.

I bought it off a friend.

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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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Gone away; on the way.

Be off to bed.

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Away from work, etc.; absent.

The maid is off today.

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Not up to what is usual, normal, standard, etc.

An off day.

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More remote; further.

On the off chance, the off side.

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On the right side, facing forward.
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In (specified) circumstances.

To be well off.

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Not correct; in error; wrong.

His figures are off.

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Not quite normal in thinking, behavior, etc.; mildly eccentric.
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Designating the side of the field facing the batsman.
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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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To kill; murder.
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Go away; stay away.
interjection
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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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In a direction away from the speaker or object.

He drove off in a cloud of smoke.

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Into a state of non-operation; into a state of non-existence.

Please switch off the light when you leave. die off.

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All the lights are off.

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This milk is off!

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(cricket) In, or towards the half of the field away from the batsman's legs; the right side for a right-handed batsman.
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Less than normal, in temperament or in result.

Sales are off this quarter.

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Circumstanced (as in well off, better off, poorly off).
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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.

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Far; off to the side.

The off horse or ox in a team, in distinction from the nigh or near horse.

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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.

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Used to indicate movement away from a position on.

I took it off the table.; Come off the roof!

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(colloquial) Out of the possession of.

He didn't buy it off him. He stole it off him.

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Away from or not on.

He's off the computer, but he's still on the phone.; Keep off the grass.

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Disconnected or subtracted from.

We've been off the grid for three days now.; He took 20% off the list price.

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Distant from.

We're just off the main road.; The island is 23 miles off the cape.

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No longer wanting or taking.

He's been off his feed since Tuesday.; He's off his meds again.

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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.

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(slang) To kill.

He got in the way so I had him offed.

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(Singapore) To switch off.

Can you off the light?

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Offence.
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Offender.
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Away from; off.
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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.

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Off means to be no longer in a functioning position.

An example of off is a lawn mower that is not turned on.

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Off is defined as to be less than.

An example of off is to pay a discounted price of 25%.

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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.

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From a place or position.

He walked off in a huff.

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So as to be away from or not engaged in work or duty.

They took a day off.

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Offstage.
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So as to be smaller, fewer, or less.

Sales dropped off.

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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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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

off with!
off with you!

Origin of off

  • < off: see bake-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”).

    From Wiktionary

  • Cognate with Latin ab and Greek apo.

    From Wiktionary