keep off

phrasal verb

kept off; keeping off; keeps off
: to stop or prevent (someone or something) from being on (something)
Keep off the grass.
Please keep the dog off the sofa.
keep (weight) off : to continue to weigh a lower amount than one formerly weighed : to not regain weight that one has lost
Losing weight is not as hard as keeping it off.
: to not talk about (something)
I think we'd better keep off the subject of the war.
: to prevent (someone) from talking about (something)
We tried to keep them off (the subject of) the war.

Dictionary Entries Near keep off

Cite this Entry

“Keep off.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jun. 2023.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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