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

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 But after three weeks of early voting ahead of Tuesday’s primary, record-breaking turnout is undercutting predictions that the Georgia Election Integrity Act of 2021 would lead to a falloff in voting. Amy Gardner And Matthew Brown, Anchorage Daily News, 21 May 2022 But after three weeks of early voting ahead of Tuesday's primary, record-breaking turnout is undercutting predictions that the Georgia Election Integrity Act of 2021 would lead to a falloff in voting. Matthew Brown, BostonGlobe.com, 21 May 2022 Barry McCarthy, a former Netflix Inc. and Spotify Technology SA finance executive who took over as Peloton’s CEO in February, said the falloff in demand was foreseeable. Sharon Terlep, WSJ, 21 May 2022 In other words, young voters were among the difference-makers in a close election, and any significant falloff in support or turnout could yield historic gains for Republicans in Congress. David Faris, The Week, 26 May 2022 The residual falloff in Portland air travel is more than twice as steep as the national decline, and the gap is getting wider. oregonlive, 1 May 2022 Typically, with high inflation reducing the purchasing power of households and rising interest rates depressing their willingness to spend, the result would be a falloff in consumer spending. Gad Levanon For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, 25 Apr. 2022 The falloff for commuter rail has been far steeper and more sustained than for other transit modes like municipal bus service, in part because many front-line workers who don’t have a remote option rely on the bus or subway to get to their jobs. Scott Calvert, WSJ, 6 Mar. 2022 Each of those businesses faces challenges — the aviation unit is emerging from the pandemic falloff in air travel, and the power business must adapt to the shift to alternative energy sources. New York Times, 9 Nov. 2021 See More

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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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“Falloff.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/falloff. Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

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