Definitions for OFFɔf, ɒf

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

off*ɔf, ɒf(adv.)

  1. (n.)so as to be no longer supported or attached:

    This button is about to come off.

  2. so as to be no longer covering or enclosing:

    Pull the wrapping off.

  3. away from a place:

    to run off; to look off toward the west.

  4. away from a path, course, etc.:

    The road branches off to Grove City.

  5. so as to be away or on one's way:

    to start off early.

  6. away from what is considered normal, standard, or the like:

    to go off on a tangent.

  7. from a charge or price:

    Take 10 percent off for cash.

  8. at a distance in space or future time:

    Summer is only a week off.

  9. out of operation:

    Turn the lights off.

  10. into operation or action:

    The alarm goes off at noon.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  11. in absence from work, service, etc.:

    to get two days off at Christmas.

  12. completely; utterly:

    to cut off communications.

  13. to fulfillment, or into execution or effect:

    The contest went off as planned.

  14. so as to be delineated, divided, or apportioned:

    Mark it off into equal parts.

  15. Naut. away from the land, a ship, the wind, etc.

    Category: Nautical, Navy

  16. (prep.)so as no longer to be supported by, resting on, etc.:

    Wipe the dirt off your shoes.

  17. deviating from:

    to be off course.

  18. below the usual level or standard:

    20 percent off the marked price.

  19. away, disengaged, or resting from:

    to be off duty on Tuesdays.

  20. refraining or abstaining from:

    He's off gambling.

  21. located apart from:

    a village off the main road.

  22. leading away from:

    an alley off 12th Street.

  23. Informal. from (a specified source):

    I bought it off a street vendor.

    Category: Informal

  24. from or of, indicating material or component parts:

    to lunch off fruit.

  25. by means of:

    living off his parents.

  26. Naut. at some distance to seaward of:

    off Cape Hatteras.

    Category: Nautical, Navy

  27. (adj.)in error; wrong:

    You are off on that point.

  28. less than normal or sane:

    a little off, but harmless.

  29. not up to the usual or expected standard; comparatively weak or inferior:

    a play with off moments.

  30. affected by spoilage; bad:

    The cream is a bit off.

  31. no longer in effect, in operation, or in process:

    The agreement is off.

  32. in a specified state, circumstance, etc.:

    to be badly off for money.

  33. free from work or duty:

    a pastime for one's off hours.

  34. of less than the ordinary activity; slack:

    an off season in the tourist trade.

  35. unlikely; remote:

    on the off chance that we'd find her at home.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  36. more distant; farther:

    the off side of a wall.

  37. (of a vehicle, single animal, or pair of animals hitched side by side) designating the right as seen from the rider's or driver's viewpoint

    the off side; the off horse.

    Ref: (opposed to near) 18

  38. starting on one's way; leaving:

    I'm off to Europe on Monday.

  39. lower in price or value; down:

    Stock prices were off this morning.

  40. Naut. noting one of two like things that is the farther from the shore; seaward:

    the off side of the ship.

    Category: Nautical, Navy

  41. Cricket. noting that side of the wicket or of the field opposite that on which the batsman stands.

    Category: Sport

  42. (n.)the state or fact of being off.

  43. Cricket. the off side.

    Category: Sport

  44. (v.i.)to go off or away; leave (used imperatively):

    Off, and don't come back!

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  45. (v.t.)Slang. to kill; slay.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Status (usage)

Idioms for off:

  1. off and on, with intervals between; intermittently: to work off and on.

    Category: Idiom

    Ref: Also, on and off. 1 39

  2. off of,off:

    Take your feet off of the table!

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Idiom, Usage Note

  3. off with, take away; remove: cut off:

    Off with those muddy boots!

    Off with his head!

    Category: Idiom

* Usage: Usage guides generally reject the phrasal preposition off of as redundant, recommending off without of . The phrase, however, is relatively old in English, dating to the 16th century, and is widespread in speech, including that of the educated. off of is rare in edited writing.

Origin of off:

orig. stressed var. of of1


  1. a suffixal use of the adverb off, forming nouns that denote competitions, esp. to break a tie:

    cookoff; playoff; runoff.

    Category: Affix


  1. offered.

  2. office.

  3. officer.

  4. official.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. off(adj)

    not in operation or operational

    "the oven is off"; "the lights are off"

  2. off(adj)

    below a satisfactory level

    "an off year for tennis"; "his performance was off"

  3. off, cancelled(adj)

    (of events) no longer planned or scheduled

    "the wedding is definitely off"

  4. off, sour, turned(adj)

    in an unpalatable state

    "sour milk"

  5. off(verb)

    not performing or scheduled for duties

    "He's off every Tuesday"

  6. murder, slay, hit, dispatch, bump off, off, polish off, remove(adverb)

    kill intentionally and with premeditation

    "The mafia boss ordered his enemies murdered"

  7. away, off, forth(adverb)

    from a particular thing or place or position (`forth' is obsolete)

    "ran away from the lion"; "wanted to get away from there"; "sent the children away to boarding school"; "the teacher waved the children away from the dead animal"; "went off to school"; "they drove off"; "go forth and preach"

  8. off, away(adverb)

    at a distance in space or time

    "the boat was 5 miles off (or away)"; "the party is still 2 weeks off (or away)"; "away back in the 18th century"

  9. off(adverb)

    no longer on or in contact or attached

    "clean off the dirt"; "he shaved off his mustache"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. off(adverb)ˈɔf

    away from a place

    He went off without telling anyone.; They're off on a trip around the world.

  2. offˈɔf

    removed or separated from

    Do you mind if I take my shoes off?; The handle came off in my hand.

  3. offˈɔf

    not at work or school

    I'm off until next Friday.; You don't get much time off in this job.

  4. offˈɔf

    indicates a reduction in price

    The shoes were 20% off.

  5. offˈɔf

    indicates how far sth is in time or distance; = away

    I could see a light a little way off.; Spring break isn't far off now.

  6. offˈɔf

    no longer going to happen; = canceled

    They had a fight, and now the wedding is off.

  7. offˈɔf

    not correct or exact

    The estimate was only a little off.; Did his performance seem a little off to you?

  8. offˈɔf

    not switched on or connected to a supply

    All the lights in the house were off.

  9. offˈɔf

    in a better situation

    You'd be better off ignoring everything she says.

  10. offˈɔf

    sometimes happening and sometimes not

    I've worked here off and on for the last eight years.

  11. off(adjective)ˈɔf

    (of food) not fresh or safe to eat

    The milk is off.


  1. off(Verb)

    To kill.

    It was the blow to the head that finished him off, not the bullet wound.

  2. off(Verb)

    To switch off.

    Can you off the light?

  3. off(Adverb)

    In a direction away from the speaker or object.

    He drove off in a cloud of smoke.

  4. off(Adverb)

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

  5. off(Adjective)

    inoperative, disabled

    All the lights are off.

  6. off(Adjective)

    rancid, rotten

    This milk is off!

  7. off(Adjective)

    in, or towards the half of the field away from the batsman's legs; the right side for a right-handed batsman

  8. off(Adjective)

    Less than normal, in temperament or in result.

    sales are off this quarter

  9. off(Adjective)


  10. off(Adjective)

    Started on the way.

  11. off(Preposition)

    Out of the possession of.

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

  12. off(Preposition)

    Away from or not on.

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

  13. off(Preposition)

    Disconnected or subtracted from.

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

  14. off(Preposition)

    Distant from.

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

  15. off(Preposition)

    No longer wanting or taking.

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

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'OFF' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #187

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'OFF' in Written Corpus Frequency: #158

  3. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'OFF' in Adverbs Frequency: #30

Translations for OFF

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


away (from a place, time etc)

He walked off; She cut her hair off; The holidays are only a week off; She took off her coat.

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