off

adverb
\ ˈȯf How to pronounce off (audio) \

Definition of off

 (Entry 1 of 6)

1a(1) : from a place or position march off specifically : away from land ship stood off to sea
(2) : at a distance in space or time stood 10 paces off a long way off
b : from a course : aside turned off into a bypath specifically : away from the wind The ship eased off a point or two.
c : into an unconscious state dozed off
2a : so as to be separated from support rolled to the edge of the table and off or close contact blew the lid off the handle came off
b : so as to be divided surface marked off into squares
3a : to a state of discontinuance or suspension shut off an engine
b used as an intensifier drink off a glassfinish it off
4 : in absence from or suspension of regular work or service take time off for lunch
5 : offstage The actor turns and goes off.

Definition of off (Entry 2 of 6)

1a used as a function word to indicate physical separation or distance from a position of rest, attachment, or union take it off the tablea path off the main walka shop just off the main street
b : to seaward of two miles off shore
2 : from the possession or charge of had his wallet stolen off him
3 used as a function word to indicate the object of an action borrowed a dollar off himdined off oysters
4a used as a function word to indicate the suspension of an occupation or activity off dutyoff liquor
b : below the usual standard or level of off his game

off

adjective

Definition of off (Entry 3 of 6)

1a : seaward
b : right
c : more removed or distant the off side of the building
2a : started on the way off on a spree
b : not taking place or staying in effect : canceled the deal was off
c : not operating
d : not placed so as to permit operation
3a : not corresponding to fact : incorrect off in his reckoning
c : not entirely sane : eccentric
d : remote, slight an off chance
4a : spent off duty reading on his off days
b : marked by a periodic decline in activity or business traveled in the off season for lower prices
5a : off-color
b : inferior off grade of oil also : affected with putrefaction
c : down stocks were off
6 : circumstanced worse off

off

verb
offed; offing; offs

Definition of off (Entry 4 of 6)

intransitive verb

: to go away : depart used chiefly as an imperative Off, or I'll shoot!

Definition of off (Entry 5 of 6)

office; officer; official
\ ˌȯf \

Definition of -off (Entry 6 of 6)

: competition : contest cook-off dance-off

Examples of off in a Sentence

Adverb She put on her jacket and off she went. The car turned off onto a side street. Preposition She is still living off her parents. The family lives off welfare. They live off the land. They make their living off tourism. Adjective The lever is in the off position. He is off playing golf. She is off on a trip. Verb The movie is about a gangster who gets power by offing his rivals. the hit man bragged that he'd offed at least three people in the last year alone
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Storage items on sale include this airtight 24-piece food storage container set for 26% off, an OXO pantry container set for $70 (was $100), and a best-selling $8 spice rack that keeps your little jars within reach. Lily Gray, Better Homes & Gardens, 26 Nov. 2021 Star Wars building kits of the Imperial TIE Fighter and 1,000-piece Baby Yoda will make a great gift for fans and children this holiday season, and are as much as 30 percent off now. Nina Huang, EW.com, 26 Nov. 2021 The 12-person board voted 11-1 to approve a calendar that recognizes Diwali in October, the Lunar New Year in January and Eid al-Fitr in April as professional development days, when students are off but employees must report. Lillian Reed, baltimoresun.com, 24 Nov. 2021 The Rams were off but still lost ground in the NFC West because the Arizona Cardinals won again. Los Angeles Times, 23 Nov. 2021 Crude is off with Brent hovering below $79/barrel this morning. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, 23 Nov. 2021 After a bit of worry, Captain Lee clears the tight dock, and charter No. 3 is off. Justin Curto, Vulture, 22 Nov. 2021 Finding a drug to relieve cognitive decline by tinkering with neural noise is far off. Max G. Levy, Wired, 22 Nov. 2021 Something has just been off with SMU, and if Dykes ends up leaving for TCU, he will forever be hated for going to that school and blamed for a potentially special season collapsing. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, 21 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition Frazier got off to a fast start last season with Pittsburgh, batting .324 with an .836 OPS and 28 doubles in 98 games. Tim Booth, ajc, 27 Nov. 2021 Gonzalez, who came into the game having thrown for 3,271 yards and 38 touchdowns, got off to a slow start, connecting on only six of 18 passes for 87 yards in the first half. Steve Galluzzo, Los Angeles Times, 27 Nov. 2021 The unranked Redskins got off to a great start at No. 1 Madison Academy, getting a 49-yard touchdown pass from Braden Moore to Jacob Handley to lead 7-0. al, 27 Nov. 2021 As part of its Black Friday sale, select products are up to 25 percent off. Rachel Chang, Condé Nast Traveler, 27 Nov. 2021 In the first meeting between the Steelers and Bengals, Cincinnati got off to a hot start and never let up. Kelsey Conway, The Enquirer, 26 Nov. 2021 The best discounts on the Fire TV Sticks, however, are for the 3rd-generation Fire Stick and the 4K option, which are both 50 percent off right now. Nina Huang, EW.com, 26 Nov. 2021 Nearly everything on the Catit site is 25 percent off, including the Vesper seat mentioned below. Medea Giordano, Wired, 26 Nov. 2021 There are a few traveling essentials, like a dog jacket for 25 percent off, and a collapsible travel cup for only $9 right now. Lily Gray, PEOPLE.com, 26 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Eric Reveno, an assistant basketball coach at Georgia Tech, was credited with promoting the idea of making Election Day an off day for college athletes last year. Noah Trister, ajc, 2 Nov. 2021 Snitker said Scherzer's 13-pitch ninth inning was like an off-day session in the bullpen. BostonGlobe.com, 16 Oct. 2021 During an off-day practice, assistant coach J.J. Outlaw spoke with Mobley about his favorite spots. Chris Fedor, cleveland, 7 Oct. 2021 Following an off day Sunday, the Jaguars will begin their regular game week preparations on Monday. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, 23 Sep. 2021 Bell gave Votto an off day on Sunday after Votto hit .216 over a 13-game stretch. Charlie Goldsmith, The Enquirer, 21 Sep. 2021 Matthew Stafford had an off day against Indianapolis after lighting up the Bears in Week 1. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 21 Sep. 2021 The Padres limped back to San Diego after being swept by the Cardinals, their chief competition for the final NL wild-card spot, as a half-game deficit ballooned to four in the span of a weekend and an off day. San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Sep. 2021 What better way to spend a Tuesday, usually an off day in the NFL, than watching the bespectacled sniper reviewing the latest clone troopers? Nate Davis, USA TODAY, 17 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Brabham is a gentle man who hardly seems capable of splatting a spider, much less offing a rodent. Andrea Sachs, chicagotribune.com, 5 Nov. 2019 Simple Steps for Starting Your Business: Start-up Basics will be offed at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 24. cleveland, 17 Feb. 2020 Brabham is a gentle man who hardly seems capable of splatting a spider, much less offing a rodent. Andrea Sachs, chicagotribune.com, 5 Nov. 2019 Brabham is a gentle man who hardly seems capable of splatting a spider, much less offing a rodent. Andrea Sachs, chicagotribune.com, 5 Nov. 2019 Brabham is a gentle man who hardly seems capable of splatting a spider, much less offing a rodent. Andrea Sachs, chicagotribune.com, 5 Nov. 2019 Brabham is a gentle man who hardly seems capable of splatting a spider, much less offing a rodent. Andrea Sachs, chicagotribune.com, 5 Nov. 2019 Brabham is a gentle man who hardly seems capable of splatting a spider, much less offing a rodent. Andrea Sachs, chicagotribune.com, 5 Nov. 2019 Brabham is a gentle man who hardly seems capable of splatting a spider, much less offing a rodent. Andrea Sachs, Washington Post, 4 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of off

Adverb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

Preposition

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

1666, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1717, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for off

Adverb, Preposition, Adjective, and Verb

Middle English of, from Old English — more at of

Noun combining form

runoff

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The first known use of off was before the 12th century

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Last Updated

29 Nov 2021

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“Off.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/off. Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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More Definitions for off

off

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of off

 (Entry 1 of 4)

: away from a place
: away from a main road, path, etc.
: at a distance in time or space

off

preposition

English Language Learners Definition of off (Entry 2 of 4)

used to indicate separation, distance, or removal from someone or something
: on money, food, energy, etc., supplied by (someone or something)
used to indicate something that someone is no longer doing or using

off

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of off (Entry 3 of 4)

: not attached to or covering something : not on
: not operating, functioning, or flowing
: in a position that stops the flow of electricity, water, etc.

off

verb

English Language Learners Definition of off (Entry 4 of 4)

: to kill or murder (someone)

off

adverb
\ ˈȯf How to pronounce off (audio) \

Kids Definition of off

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1 : from a place or position He got angry and marched off.
2 : from a course : aside The driver turned off onto a side street.
3 : so as not to be supported, covering or enclosing, or attached I jumped off. The lid blew off. The handle fell off.
4 : so as to be discontinued or finished Turn the radio off. The couple paid off their debts.
5 : away from work I took the day off.

off

preposition

Kids Definition of off (Entry 2 of 4)

1 : away from the surface or top of Take those books off the table.
2 : at the expense of I lived off my parents.
3 : released or freed from The officer was off duty.
4 : below the usual level of We can save a dollar off the price.
5 : away from The hotel is just off the highway.

off

adjective

Kids Definition of off (Entry 3 of 4)

1 : not operating or flowing The radio is off. The electricity is off.
2 : not attached to or covering The lid is off.
3 : started on the way They're off on a trip.
4 : not taking place The game is off.
5 : not correct : wrong Your guess is way off.
6 : not as good as usual He's having an off day.
7 : provided for His family is well off.
8 : small in degree : slight There's an off chance I'll win.
9 : away from home or work He's off fishing.

off.

abbreviation

Kids Definition of off.

office

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