\ə-ˈfēld \

Definition of afield 

1 : to, in, or on the field was weak at bat but strong afield

2 : away from home : abroad

3 : out of the way : astray irrelevant remarks that carried us far afield

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Synonyms & Antonyms for afield


amiss, astray, awry, wrong


aright, right, well

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And commissions come from as far afield as Tel Aviv, St. Moritz, and New York. Maria Shollenbarger, ELLE Decor, "An Italian Design Firm Transforms Discreet-but-Luxe Kitchens with a Timeless Florentine Aesthetic," 18 Oct. 2018 Going farther afield, anything under $1,000 is a stellar deal for southern Africa, Australia, and New Zealand. Condé Nast Traveler, "How to Find Cheap Flights," 25 Sep. 2018 Now those workers have been priced even further afield. Susie Cagle, Curbed, "California’s changing fire country," 10 Oct. 2018 Small Ship Line #16: Hurtigruten This Norwegian cruise line specializes in sailings that stop at smaller ports all around Scandinavia—but seasonal itineraries venture as far afield as Antarctica and Central America. Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Cruise Lines in the World: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 Women came from across England and even further afield to take part. Washington Post, "100 years of voting: British marches celebrate suffragettes," 10 June 2018 That said, the prehistoric-looking reptiles can be found as far afield as Iowa and Georgia. Jared Gilmour, miamiherald, "Missing a finger? This man just found one — inside a snapping turtle, Louisiana cops say," 13 June 2018 Bartender Douglas Fitz takes his variation even farther afield at tapas-centric Jamonera with the Xazerac, lending it an exotic Moorish mood with an anise spritz of Kefraya Arak from Lebanon. Craig Laban, Philly.com, "Jamonera's Xazerac puts Spanish P.X.-factor in Sazerac," 29 Mar. 2018 As far afield as Buenos Aires, rugby matches were controlled by the Rugby Football Union, but every soccer country was free to start its own association; in 1904, a world governing body, FIFA, was founded, with seven members. Leo Robson, The New Yorker, "How We Watch Soccer Now," 5 Dec. 2016

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First Known Use of afield

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

History and Etymology for afield

Middle English afelde, going back to Old English on felda, on felde, from on on entry 1 + felda, felde, dative of feld field entry 1

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English Language Learners Definition of afield

: away from home : away from here or there


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Kids Definition of afield

1 : to, in, or into the countryside

2 : away from home People came from as far afield as Canada.

3 : out of a usual, planned, or proper course His question led the discussion far afield.

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