fall·​off | \ ˈfȯl-ˌȯf How to pronounce falloff (audio) \

Definition of falloff

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a decline especially in quantity or quality a falloff in exports a falloff of light intensity

fall off

fell off; fallen off; falling off; falls off

Definition of fall off (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

2 of a ship : to deviate to leeward of the point to which the bow was directed

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Examples of falloff in a Sentence

Noun the falloff in sales was more than the store could weather and so its closing was inevitable Verb the coastline falls off toward the north after you round the bay
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The damage was especially acute since the falloff in patrons came right around the Lunar New Year, another peak period when banquet halls are constantly filled. WSJ, "Covid-19 Tests Christmas Dining Traditions in Manhattan’s Chinatown," 23 Dec. 2020 Fortunately for Smith, there’s been no falloff in the support of coaches or teammates who have continued to encourage him. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, "UCLA’s Chris Smith wants to get more involved with offense," 22 Dec. 2020 Hammered by a huge falloff in ridership during the pandemic, Uber has sharply scaled back some of its most ambitious high-tech programs, pulling back on its dream of becoming a leader in the emerging air mobility business. Paul A. Eisenstein, NBC News, "Uber has offloaded its Elevate unit, but flying taxis are still taking off," 15 Dec. 2020 There was a sharp falloff that month, which Duy notes may have been triggered by September’s unprecedented wildfires, but the larger downward trend reflects the enduring damage from the pandemic. oregonlive, "Oregon Insight: Manufacturing slump continues, outlook darkens," 13 Dec. 2020 And yet, while consumer spending has largely rebounded from the steep falloff at the start of the pandemic, certain sectors continue to struggle. oregonlive, "Oregon Insight: Pandemic job losses concentrated in a handful of sectors; some others post gains," 29 Nov. 2020 The residual impact even led the owners of Eastgate Mall to seek bankruptcy protection to reorganize debt in the wake of a dramatic falloff in customer traffic. Randy Tucker, The Enquirer, "COVID-19: Retailers reinvent Black Friday to accommodate pandemic-wary shoppers," 25 Nov. 2020 Last week, though, Southwest Airlines and United Airlines have warned about a falloff in bookings and an increase in cancellations. Joe Taschler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Thanksgiving travel predictions all but impossible as virus cases spike," 23 Nov. 2020 One possibility is that the pandemic may have led to an unexpected falloff in Election Day voting among Democrats, given that the party emphasized mail voting. David Leonhardt, New York Times, "‘A Black Eye’: Why Political Polling Missed the Mark. Again.," 12 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of falloff


1789, in the meaning defined above


1613, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of falloff was in 1613

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22 Jan 2021

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“Falloff.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/falloff. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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