doff

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verb \ ˈdäf , ˈdȯf \
Updated on: 9 Aug 2017

Definition of doff

transitive verb
1 a :to remove (an article of wear) from the body
b :to take off (the hat) in greeting or as a sign of respect
2 :to rid oneself of :put aside
doff one's hat to or doff one's cap to
:to show respect to :salute

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Examples of doff in a Sentence

  1. He doffed his cap as he introduced himself.

  2. They doffed their coats when they came inside.

Recent Examples of doff from the Web

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doff vs Don

Time was, people talked about doffing and donning articles of wear with about the same frequency. But in the mid-19th century the verb don became significantly more popular and left doff to flounder a bit in linguistic semi-obscurity. Doff and don have been a pair from the start: both date to the 14th century, with doff coming from a phrase meaning "to do off" and don from one meaning "to do on." Shakespeare was first, as far as we know, to use the word as it's defined at sense 2. He put it in Juliet's mouth: "What's in a name? That which we call a rose / By any other name would smell as sweet. / … Romeo, doff thy name; / And for that name, which is no part of thee, / Take all myself."

Origin and Etymology of doff

Middle English, from don to do + of off

doff Synonyms

Synonyms
remove, douse, peel (off), put off, shrug off, take off
Antonyms
don, put on, slip (into), throw (on)
Related Words
husk, shed; kick (off); disrobe, strip, undress
Near Antonyms
wear; apparel, array, attire, bedeck, clothe, dress, garb, rig, robe, suit

DOFF Defined for English Language Learners

doff

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Definition of doff for English Language Learners

  • : to take off or remove (a hat or a piece of clothing)


DOFF Defined for Kids

doff

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verb \ ˈdäf , ˈdȯf \

Definition of doff for Students

doffed; doffing
:to take off
  • He politely doffed his cap.


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