What does offing mean?

Definitions for offing
ˈɔ fɪŋ, ˈɒf ɪŋoff·ing

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. offingnoun

    the near or foreseeable future

    "there was a wedding in the offing"

  2. offingnoun

    the part of the sea that can be seen from the shore and is beyond the anchoring area

    "there was a ship in the offing"


  1. offingnoun

    The area of the sea in which a ship can be seen in the distance from land, excluding the parts nearest the shore, and beyond the anchoring ground.

    Etymology: . Attested since the 1620s. Early texts also spell the term offin and offen.

  2. offingnoun

    The distance that a ship at sea keeps away from land, often because of navigational dangers, fog and other hazards; a position at a distance from shore.

    Etymology: . Attested since the 1620s. Early texts also spell the term offin and offen.

  3. offingnoun

    The foreseeable future. Chiefly in the phrase in the offing.

    Etymology: . Attested since the 1620s. Early texts also spell the term offin and offen.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Offing

    of′ing, n. the part of the sea more than half-way between the shore and the horizon.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. offing

    Implies to sea-ward; beyond anchoring ground.--To keep a good offing, is to keep well off the land, while under sail.

Matched Categories

How to pronounce offing?

How to say offing in sign language?


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of offing in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of offing in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of offing in a Sentence

  1. Josh Putnam:

    I doubt any change is in the offing, i don't think they would either lower that or raise it in an effort to prevent Trump. That sort of proposal has never really come up.

  2. Larry Culp:

    We like the way our business is structured going in to whatever may be in the offing here.

  3. Eddy Vataru:

    From where I sit obviously money is very cheap right now and bond prices reflect a full-blown recession, but I don't think that's in the offing, we are going through a weak patch now but it feels like as the days pass and it's clear that inflation is not obsolete, the market will have to re-price for that.

  4. Veryan Khan:

    The CIA’s success has left AQAP both guessing and pointing fingers at how the organization’s very careful leadership has been caught so off guard, in order to complete its expansion dreams, the Islamic State either needs to win over core AQAP support or kill off its opposition letting the rest fold into its ranks. The Islamic State has the most to gain, offing of important AQAP leadership.

Images & Illustrations of offing

  1. offing

Popularity rank by frequency of use


Translations for offing

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for offing »


Find a translation for the offing definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:

Discuss these offing definitions with the community:



    Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


    "offing." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2022. Web. 18 Jan. 2022. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/offing>.

    Are we missing a good definition for offing? Don't keep it to yourself...

    Browse Definitions.net

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!


    Are you a words master?

    without the natural or usual covering
    • A. elaborate
    • B. denudate
    • C. loom
    • D. summon

    Nearby & related entries:

    Alternative searches for offing: