What does off mean?
Definitions for off
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word off.
not in operation or operational
"the oven is off"; "the lights are off"
below a satisfactory level
"an off year for tennis"; "his performance was off"
(of events) no longer planned or scheduled
"the wedding is definitely off"
off, sour, turnedadjective
in an unpalatable state
not performing or scheduled for duties
"He's off every Tuesday"
murder, slay, hit, dispatch, bump off, off, polish off, removeadverb
kill intentionally and with premeditation
"The mafia boss ordered his enemies murdered"
away, off, forthadverb
from a particular thing or place or position (`forth' is obsolete)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"
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"
no longer on or in contact or attached
"clean off the dirt"; "he shaved off his mustache"
Designating a time when one's performance is below normal; as, he had an off day.
It was the blow to the head that finished him off, not the bullet wound.
To switch off.
Can you off the light?
In a direction away from the speaker or object.
He drove off in a cloud of smoke.
Into a state of non-operation; into a state of non-existence.
All the lights are off.
This milk is off!
in, or towards the half of the field away from the batsman's legs; the right side for a right-handed batsman
Less than normal, in temperament or in result.
sales are off this quarter
Started on the way.
Out of the possession of.
He didn't buy it off him. He stole it off him.
Away from or not on.
He's off the computer, but he's still on the phone.; Keep off the grass.
Disconnected or subtracted from.
We've been off the grid for three days now.; He took 20% off the list price.
We're just off the main road.; The island is 23 miles off the cape.
No longer wanting or taking.
He's been off his feed since Tuesday.; He's off his meds again.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: af, Dutch.
Since the wisdom of their choice is rather to have my cap than my heart, I will practice the insinuating nod, and be off to them most counterfitly. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.
Where are you, Sir John? come, off with your boots. Sha.
The lurking gold upon the fatal tree;
Then rend it off. John Dryden, Æn. vi.
A piece of silver coined for a shilling, that has half the silver clipped off, is no more a shilling than a piece of wood, which was once a sealed yard, is still a yard, when one half of it is broke off. John Locke.
West of this forest, scarcely off a mile,
In goodly form comes on the enemy. William Shakespeare.
About thirty paces off were placed harquebusiers. Richard Knolles.
’Tis a good piece;
This comes off well and excellent. William Shakespeare.
Competitions intermit, and go off and on as it happens, upon this or that occasion. Roger L'Estrange.
The questions no way touch upon puritanism, either off or on. Robert Sanderson.
Philoclea, whose delight of hearing and seeing was before a stay from interrupting her, gave herself to be seen unto her with such a lightening of beauty upon Zelmane, that neither she could look on, nor would look off. Philip Sidney, b. ii.
Several starts of fancy off hand look well enough. Roger L'Estrange.
An expression of abhorrence, or command to depart.
Off, or I fly for ever from thy sight. Edmund Smith, Phædr.
I continued feeling again the same pain; and finding it grow violent I burnt it, and felt no more after the third time; was never off my legs, nor kept my chamber a day. William Temple.
Marcus Tullius Cicero’s Tusculum was at a place called Grotto Ferrate, about two miles off this town, though most of the modern writers have fixed it to Frescati. Joseph Addison, on Italy.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
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.]
Dictionary of Nautical Terms
The opposite to near. Also applied to a ship sailing from the shore into the open sea. Also, implies abreast of, or near, as "We were off Cape Finisterre."--Nothing off! The order to the helmsman not to suffer the ship to fall off from the wind.
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Surnames Frequency by Census Records
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Off is ranked #53802 in terms of the most common surnames in America.
The Off surname appeared 384 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Off.
93.4% or 359 total occurrences were White.
3.6% or 14 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
1.3% or 5 total occurrences were Black.
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'off' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #187
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'off' in Written Corpus Frequency: #158
Rank popularity for the word 'off' in Adverbs Frequency: #30
The numerical value of off in Chaldean Numerology is: 5
The numerical value of off in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
Examples of off in a Sentence
It's about staying patient, there's a lot of pars on my card, but I was able to pick off a couple of birdies and a nice eagle on 16, so pleased with the start.
There is a word that is so old fashioned -- I feel compelled to dust it off just to use it in this sentence -- RECIPROCITY -- the “soul-coal” that stoked many barn raisings, harvests and roundups.
It kind of ticks me off. Twenty-four hours ago, sports betting was illegal, now it’s like whatever.
It’s a great weight off our shoulders to know he’s not out there and he can’t do anything like this again to vulnerable people in the community.
I think it’s ridiculous that the IOC is really paying attention to that only because she did it towards the end of everything, they literally took their picture, she literally respected everybody on the podium. It was right before they were going off the podium (that she raised her arms and made an X) at the end. I feel she should not be punished so I hope the USOPC supports her and fights for her so she keeps her medal and she’s supported.
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Translations for off
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- weg, aus, davonGerman
- κλειστό, απόGreek
- de, apagadoSpanish
- ylös, -sta, pilalla, pois päältä, alas, ulos, -lta, pois, poissaFinnish
- spento, putridoItalian
- исклучен, расипан, из-, од-, ис-, од, исклучуваMacedonian
- uit, wegDutch
- av, deaktivertNorwegian
- od-, sprzątnąćPolish
- desligar, apagar, desligado, estragadoPortuguese
- замочить, убрать, прочь, долой, ис-, испортить, прогорклый, с, выкл., кокнуть, несвежий, вон, пришить, протухший, от-, у-, выключить, от, гнилой, из-Russian
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