back off

verb
backed off; backing off; backs off

Definition of back off

Examples of back off in a Sentence

you'd better not back off on your promise to do all the planning for the big dance

First Known Use of back off

1920, in the meaning defined above

Learn More About back off

Time Traveler for back off

Time Traveler

The first known use of back off was in 1920

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near back off

back of beyond

back off

back-office

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for back off

Cite this Entry

“Back off.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/back%20off. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on back off

Britannica English: Translation of back off for Arabic Speakers

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Name That Food

  • a-light
  • Name these cookies!
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!