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 In May alone, the number of houses sold is down 19 percent from the year-ago period, according to Zillow, and preliminary data suggests the falloff was more pronounced in June. Hamza Shaban, Washington Post, 9 July 2022 The falloff in patriotism is across the political spectrum. John Fund, National Review, 4 July 2022 For Adolfo Mendez, the chief of policy and planning for the district attorney’s office, the consequence of this falloff was plain. Alec Macgillis, ProPublica, 19 July 2022 The experts look for a significant decline in economic activity that isn't just in one industry but instead spread across the economy and a falloff that lasts more than a few months. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, 8 July 2022 Another recent report by the association found a significant falloff in the rate of new clean power coming online in the first three months of this year. David Abel, BostonGlobe.com, 4 July 2022 And then, with breaks for the December holidays and such, the networks kept the episode machine running straight through May, before the summer falloff. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 20 May 2022 Even the Central Bank of Russia has predicted a staggering inflation rate between 18 and 23 percent this year, and a falloff in total output of as much as 10 percent. New York Times, 19 May 2022 Tire falloff seemed as severe as always, Tharp said, although defending Cup champ Larson had some difficulty finding a balance at the test. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, 8 May 2022 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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14 Aug 2022

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“Falloff.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/falloff. Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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