What does OFF mean?

Definitions for OFFɔf, ɒf

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word OFF.

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    from a particular thing or place or position (`forth' is obsolete)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


  1. Off(a.)

    Designating a time when one's performance is below normal; as, he had an off day.


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Off

    of, adv. from: away from: on the opposite side of a question.—adj. most distant: on the opposite or farther side: on the side of a cricket-field right of the wicket-keeper and left of the bowler: not devoted to usual business, as an Off day.—prep. not on.—interj. away! depart!—adj. and adv. Off′-and-on′, occasional.—adj. Off′-col′our, of inferior value: indisposed.—n. Off′-come (Scot.), an apology, pretext: any exhibition of temper, &c.—adv. Off′-hand, at once: without hesitating.—adj. without study: impromptu: free and easy.—adj. Off′ish, reserved in manner.—ns. Off′-print, a reprint of a single article from a magazine or other periodical—the French tirage à part, German Abdruck; Off′-reck′oning, an allowance formerly made to certain British officers from the money appropriated for army clothing.—v.t. Off′saddle, to unsaddle.—ns. Off′scouring, matter scoured off: refuse: anything vile or despised; Off′-scum, refuse or scum; Off′set (in accounts), a sum or value set off against another as an equivalent: a short lateral shoot or bulb: a terrace on a hillside: (archit.) a horizontal ledge on the face of a wall: in surveying, a perpendicular from the main line to an outlying point.—v.t. (in accounts) to place against as an equivalent.—n. Off′shoot, that which shoots off from the main stem, stream, &c.: anything growing out of another.—adv. Off′shore, in a direction from the shore, as a wind: at a distance from the shore.—adj. from the shore.—ns. Off′side, the right-hand side in driving: the farther side; Off′spring, that which springs from another: a child, or children: issue: production of any kind.—Off one's chump, head, demented; Off one's feed, indisposed to eat.—Be off, to go away quickly; Come off, Go off, Show off, Take off, &c. (see Come, Go, Show, Take, &c.); Ill off, poor or unfortunate; Tell off, to count: to assign, as for a special duty; Well off, rich, well provided. [Same as Of.]

Editors Contribution

  1. off

    To turn a switch or lever, use an algorithm or word within software or press a button to ensure you only use the energy or fuel that you need.

    Our mother taught us to switch the lights off after use to ensure we only used the energy we needed and could spend our money on other things

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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


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of OFF in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of OFF in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. jaqueline wilson:

    bog off Elaine

  2. Harry Gottleib:

    He got off easy.

  3. John Cornyn:

    That's off the table.

  4. Jamal Al Quda:

    It comes off my hand.

  5. Brian Chanes:

    Now, all bets are off.

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Translations for OFF

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • pryčCzech
  • davon, weg, ausGerman
  • από, κλειστόGreek
  • apagado, deSpanish
  • poissa, pois, ylös, pilalla, -sta, pois päältä, alas, ulos, -ltaFinnish
  • deFrench
  • kiHungarian
  • spento, putridoItalian
  • из-, исклучен, исклучува, од, ис-, расипан, од-Macedonian
  • weg, uitDutch
  • deaktivert, avNorwegian
  • sprzątnąć, od-Polish
  • apagar, estragado, desligar, desligadoPortuguese
  • убрать, прочь, долой, ис-, испортить, прогорклый, выкл., кокнуть, несвежий, вон, протухший, от-, у-, выключить, из-, замочить, гнилой, от, пришить, сRussian
  • kapalıTurkish

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