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Definitions for offal
ˈɔ fəl, ˈɒf əlof·fal

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. offalnoun

    viscera and trimmings of a butchered animal often considered inedible by humans


  1. offalnoun

    The rejected or waste parts of any process, especially the inedible parts of a butchered animal, such as the viscera.


  1. offalnoun

    The rejected or waste parts of a butchered animal.

  2. offalnoun

    The internal organs of an animal other than a bird, these organs being used as food.

  3. offalnoun

    A dead body.

  4. offalnoun


  5. offalnoun

    That which is thrown away as worthless or unfit for use; refuse; rubbish.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Offalnoun

    Etymology: off fall, says Stephen Skinner, that which falls from the table: perhaps from offa, Latin.

    He let out the offals of his meat to interest, and kept a register of such debtors in his pocket-book. Arbuthnot.

    I should have fatted all the region kites
    With this slave’s offal. William Shakespeare, Hamlet.

    Cram’d, and gorg’d, nigh burst,
    With suck’d and glutted offal. John Milton, Par. Lost.

    To have right to deal in things sacred, was accounted an argument of a noble and illustrious descent; God would not accept the offals of other professions. South.

    If a man bemoan his lot,
    That after death his mouldring limbs shall rot,
    A secret sting remains within his mind;
    The fool is to his own cast offals kind. Dryden.

    They commonly fat hogs with offal corns. John Mortimer.

    What trash is Rome? what rubbish and what offal? Sha.


  1. Offal

    Offal, also called variety meats or organ meats, especially in the United States, refers to the internal organs and entrails of a butchered animal. The word does not refer to a particular list of edible organs, which varies by culture and region, but includes most internal organs other than muscle and bone. As an English mass noun, the term "offal" has no plural form. Some cultures shy away from offal as food, while others use it as everyday food, or in delicacies. Some offal dishes are considered gourmet food in international cuisine. This includes foie gras, pâté and sweetbreads. Other offal dishes remain part of traditional regional cuisine and may be consumed especially in connection with holidays. This includes Scottish haggis, Jewish chopped liver, Southern U.S. chitterlings, as well as many other dishes. Intestines are used as casing for sausages, although cheaper types may use artificial casing. Depending on the context, offal may refer to those parts of an animal carcass discarded after butchering or skinning; it may also refer to the by-products of milled grains, such as corn or wheat. Offal not used directly for human or animal food is often processed in a rendering plant, producing material that is used for fertilizer or fuel; or in some cases, it may be added to commercially produced pet food.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Offal

    of′al, n. waste meat: the part of an animal which is unfit for use: refuse: anything worthless. [Off and fall.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. offal

    Slabs, chips, and refuse of timber, sold in fathom lots at the dockyards.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of offal in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of offal in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of offal in a Sentence

  1. Susan Hazzard:

    From what I’ve been told nandrolone is high … pig offal has high concentrations of nandrolone. This food truck that I happened to go to that night – I’ve eaten there a lot before – and this food truck serves pig offal as part of their menu and I think I happened to ingest this hormone and 10 hours later, at the peak of when it’s supposed to be in your body and your digesting it, I happened to get tested and honestly it’s a very unlucky series of events, i’m kinda blown away by what happened and I can't believe I’m going through this as a clean athlete.

  2. Marc Forgione:

    I'm addicted to congee now. I had the fish belly and then I had the offal one... this was like heaven.

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  • mršinaCzech
  • Innereien, Abfall, LeicheGerman
  • εντόσθια, πτώμα, ψοφίμι, απορρίματα, κουφάριGreek
  • menudencias, cadáverSpanish
  • cadavre, déchets, détritus, abats, corps, charogneFrench
  • rifiuti, corpo, carogna, cadavere, frattaglieItalian
  • 臓物, もつJapanese
  • slakteavfall, kadaver, lik, avfall, innmatNorwegian
  • vuilnis, orgaanvlees, kreng, slachtafval, lijk, aas, afvalDutch
  • innmatNorwegian Nynorsk
  • podrobyPolish
  • cadáverPortuguese
  • отбросы, потроха, падаль, требухаRussian
  • inälvor, kadaver, lik, inkråmSwedish
  • sakatatTurkish

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