\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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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 In 1959, Burton toured the world with the younger Nelson, performing as far afield as Japan and Australia. George Varga, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Guitar legend James Burton, whose credits include Elvis (Presley and Costello), set for rare San Diego gig with Rick Diaz," 13 June 2018 Prince Harry went further afield to marry an American divorcee. Max Foster, CNN, "How Meghan Markle will use her royal voice," 14 May 2018 Like many Kubrick analysts, Mr. Abrams can go very far afield in tracking down parallels and resonances. Geoffrey O’brien, WSJ, "‘Space Odyssey’ and ‘Stanley Kubrick’ Review: Like Nothing Else on Earth," 12 Apr. 2018 Though Chicago overflows with jazz events every night of the year, the scene at Room 43 stands out for its warmth, with neighborhood jazz lovers and visitors from further afield congregating there weekly. Howard Reich, chicagotribune.com, "From Henry Johnson to 'Tootie' Heath to Patricia Barber, a busy jazz week in Chicago," 5 Apr. 2018 Also choose a family meeting place: one close to home (say, a friend on the other side of town) and one farther afield (like your aunt's, 10 miles away). Redbook, "Survival Skills Your Family Needs," 30 June 2011 Now Paramount is offering the militarized Mwari version to customers in Africa and further afield. Eric Tegler, Popular Mechanics, "This Helicopter-Inspired Flier Is Africa's Home-Built Warplane," 13 June 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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