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of*ʌv, ɒv; unstressed əv or, esp. before consonants, ə(prep.)

  1. (used to indicate distance or direction from, separation, deprivation, etc.):

    within a mile of the house; robbed of one's money.

  2. (used to indicate derivation or origin):

    the songs of Gershwin.

  3. (used to indicate cause or reason):

    dead of hunger.

  4. (used to indicate material, substance, or contents):

    a dress of silk; a book of poems.

  5. (used to indicate apposition or identity):

    a genius of a pilot.

  6. (used to indicate possession or association):

    property of the church.

  7. (used to indicate inclusion in a number, class, or whole):

    one of us.

  8. (used to indicate the object of the action noted by the preceding noun, verb, or adjective):

    the ringing of bells; to write of home; tired of working.

  9. (used to indicate qualities or attributes):

    a woman of courage.

  10. (used to indicate a specified time):

    They arrived of an evening.

  11. before the hour of; until:

    ten minutes of one.

    Category: Dialect

  12. on the part of:

    It was nice of you to come.

  13. set aside for or devoted to:

    a minute of prayer.

  14. Archaic. by:

    consumed of worms.

* Usage: of with an adjective after the adverb how or too is largely characteristic of informal speech: How long of a drive will it be? It's too hot of a day for tennis. This is often criticized in more formal situations. See also couple, off.

Origin of of:

bef. 900; ME, OE: of, off; c. G ab, L ab, Gk apó


  1. have: He should of asked me.

    Ref: Compare a4.

* auxiliary v. Nonstandard..


  1. var. of ob- (by assimilation) before

    f: offend.

    Category: Affix


  1. Old French.

    Category: Peoples


  1. Of-(Prefix)

    a regulatory body for a specified industry

  2. Origin: first syllable of office


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