(Singapore) To switch off.
Away from; 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 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”).
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.
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