off

adverb
\ ˈȯf How to pronounce off (audio) \

Definition of off

 (Entry 1 of 6)

1a(1) : from a place or position march off specifically : away from land ship stood off to sea
(2) : at a distance in space or time stood 10 paces off a long way off
b : from a course : aside turned off into a bypath specifically : away from the wind The ship eased off a point or two.
c : into an unconscious state dozed off
2a : so as to be separated from support rolled to the edge of the table and off or close contact blew the lid off the handle came off
b : so as to be divided surface marked off into squares
3a : to a state of discontinuance or suspension shut off an engine
b used as an intensifier drink off a glassfinish it off
4 : in absence from or suspension of regular work or service take time off for lunch
5 : offstage The actor turns and goes off.

Definition of off (Entry 2 of 6)

1a used as a function word to indicate physical separation or distance from a position of rest, attachment, or union take it off the tablea path off the main walka shop just off the main street
b : to seaward of two miles off shore
2 : from the possession or charge of had his wallet stolen off him
3 used as a function word to indicate the object of an action borrowed a dollar off himdined off oysters
4a used as a function word to indicate the suspension of an occupation or activity off dutyoff liquor
b : below the usual standard or level of off his game

off

adjective

Definition of off (Entry 3 of 6)

1a : seaward
b : right
c : more removed or distant the off side of the building
2a : started on the way off on a spree
b : not taking place or staying in effect : canceled the deal was off
c : not operating
d : not placed so as to permit operation
3a : not corresponding to fact : incorrect off in his reckoning
c : not entirely sane : eccentric
d : remote, slight an off chance
4a : spent off duty reading on his off days
b : marked by a periodic decline in activity or business traveled in the off season for lower prices
5a : off-color
b : inferior off grade of oil also : affected with putrefaction
c : down stocks were off
6 : circumstanced worse off

off

verb
offed; offing; offs

Definition of off (Entry 4 of 6)

intransitive verb

: to go away : depart used chiefly as an imperative Off, or I'll shoot!

Definition of off (Entry 5 of 6)

office; officer; official
\ ˌȯf \

Definition of -off (Entry 6 of 6)

: competition : contest cook-off dance-off

Examples of off in a Sentence

Adverb She put on her jacket and off she went. The car turned off onto a side street. Preposition She is still living off her parents. The family lives off welfare. They live off the land. They make their living off tourism. Adjective The lever is in the off position. He is off playing golf. She is off on a trip. Verb The movie is about a gangster who gets power by offing his rivals. the hit man was rumored to have offed at least three people in the last year alone See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Netflix has been off-limits to advertisers for years and has the streaming industry’s largest audience. Suzanne Vranica, WSJ, 14 Sep. 2022 The stars were out and the masks were off at Sunday’s 74th Emmy Awards. Carlos De Loera, Los Angeles Times, 13 Sep. 2022 Richardson’s timing and accuracy consequently were off all night. Edgar Thompson, Orlando Sentinel, 12 Sep. 2022 The gloves are off again, and this time the Bears mean business. Paul Sullivan, Chicago Tribune, 10 Sep. 2022 Simon Kenton, 2-2 overall, is off next week before hosting Connersville from eastern Indiana Sept. 23. James Weber, The Enquirer, 10 Sep. 2022 The then-No. 1 Sooners looked to be off and running with a 14-3 lead early, but Jordan Shipley returned the ensuing kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown. Eddie Timanus, USA TODAY, 9 Sep. 2022 For her first birth, her husband Philip was off reportedly playing squash. Monica Hesse, Washington Post, 8 Sep. 2022 The Guardians were off Thursday, while the Twins concluded their four-game series at Yankee Stadium and the White Sox were playing Oakland on the West Coast. Paul Hoynes, cleveland, 8 Sep. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition Cruise lines still are keen to top off the ships for the 2022 season. Scott Mcmurren, Anchorage Daily News, 17 Sep. 2022 Samari Freeman and Ben Voelkerding each had 1.5 sacks and Josh Dugan had one more to top it off. Alex Harrison, The Courier-Journal, 17 Sep. 2022 Samari Freeman and Ben Voelkerding each had 1.5 sacks and Josh Dugan had one more to top it off. Alex Harrison, The Enquirer, 17 Sep. 2022 Hours after, Villanueva was campaigning off the raid. Benjamin Oreskes, Los Angeles Times, 17 Sep. 2022 The sky was blue but, the National Weather Service said, a little milky from the smoke of far-off fire. Martin Weil, Washington Post, 17 Sep. 2022 The Rebels defeated Georgia Tech 25-17 in the 2013 Music City Bowl and kicked off the 2021 season by beating Louisville 43-24 in Atlanta. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, 17 Sep. 2022 The Rays put the tying run aboard in the ninth inning when leadoff batter Yandy Diaz smashed a full-count single off Leclerc. Joey Johnston, Orlando Sentinel, 17 Sep. 2022 The fatal shooting of a woman killed while dropping off her children outside a day care Friday morning sparked an investigation by Indianapolis police that culminated with officers shooting a suspect connected to the slaying hours later. Sarah Nelson, The Indianapolis Star, 17 Sep. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Just before midnight Thursday, according to LMPD spokesperson Aaron Ellis, a man flagged down an off-duty police officer on Interstate 264 West near the Breckenridge Lane overpass. Rae Johnson, The Courier-Journal, 16 Sep. 2022 Video of the incident obtained by north Alabama radio station WEIS showed the off-duty deputy with the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office elbow the suspect, who was on the ground. Howard Koplowitz | Hkoplowitz@al.com, al, 14 Sep. 2022 Baltimore Police spokeswoman Joy Lepola-Stewart said that Saturday after 8 p.m., Page hit an officer working an off-duty job at The Avenue shopping center in White Marsh with her car, dragging him, and then fled the scene. Cassidy Jensen, Baltimore Sun, 12 Sep. 2022 At PEOPLE and Entertainment Weekly's photo and video studio at the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival on Saturday, Redmayne, 40, and Chastain, 45, explained how their off-screen camaraderie played into their performances. Benjamin Vanhoose, Peoplemag, 10 Sep. 2022 Two men out on bond for separate murder cases have been arrested in connection with the killing of an off-duty Texas deputy who was slain while driving home after picking up dinner for his family, authorities said Friday. Louis Casiano, Fox News, 10 Sep. 2022 How has your off-screen relationship with Jack grown over these years? Evan Romano, Men's Health, 8 July 2022 Vellani stans its off-screen counterparts, like Robert Downey Jr. and his performance as Iron Man. Nojan Aminosharei, Harper's BAZAAR, 8 June 2022 Extensively researched and deeply fascinating, Longworth untangles the off-screen drama of everything from Disney's controversial film Song of the South to Howard Hughes' infamous love affairs. Lizz Schumer, Good Housekeeping, 23 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Brabham is a gentle man who hardly seems capable of splatting a spider, much less offing a rodent. Andrea Sachs, chicagotribune.com, 5 Nov. 2019 Simple Steps for Starting Your Business: Start-up Basics will be offed at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 24. cleveland, 17 Feb. 2020 Brabham is a gentle man who hardly seems capable of splatting a spider, much less offing a rodent. Andrea Sachs, chicagotribune.com, 5 Nov. 2019 Brabham is a gentle man who hardly seems capable of splatting a spider, much less offing a rodent. Andrea Sachs, chicagotribune.com, 5 Nov. 2019 Brabham is a gentle man who hardly seems capable of splatting a spider, much less offing a rodent. Andrea Sachs, chicagotribune.com, 5 Nov. 2019 Brabham is a gentle man who hardly seems capable of splatting a spider, much less offing a rodent. Andrea Sachs, chicagotribune.com, 5 Nov. 2019 Brabham is a gentle man who hardly seems capable of splatting a spider, much less offing a rodent. Andrea Sachs, chicagotribune.com, 5 Nov. 2019 Brabham is a gentle man who hardly seems capable of splatting a spider, much less offing a rodent. Andrea Sachs, Washington Post, 4 Nov. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of off

Adverb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

Preposition

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

1666, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1717, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for off

Adverb, Preposition, Adjective, and Verb

Middle English of, from Old English — more at of

Noun combining form

runoff

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Last Updated

18 Sep 2022

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More Definitions for off

off

adverb
\ ˈȯf How to pronounce off (audio) \

Kids Definition of off

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1 : from a place or position He got angry and marched off.
2 : from a course : aside The driver turned off onto a side street.
3 : so as not to be supported, covering or enclosing, or attached I jumped off. The lid blew off. The handle fell off.
4 : so as to be discontinued or finished Turn the radio off. The couple paid off their debts.
5 : away from work I took the day off.

off

preposition

Kids Definition of off (Entry 2 of 4)

1 : away from the surface or top of Take those books off the table.
2 : at the expense of I lived off my parents.
3 : released or freed from The officer was off duty.
4 : below the usual level of We can save a dollar off the price.
5 : away from The hotel is just off the highway.

off

adjective

Kids Definition of off (Entry 3 of 4)

1 : not operating or flowing The radio is off. The electricity is off.
2 : not attached to or covering The lid is off.
3 : started on the way They're off on a trip.
4 : not taking place The game is off.
5 : not correct : wrong Your guess is way off.
6 : not as good as usual He's having an off day.
7 : provided for His family is well off.
8 : small in degree : slight There's an off chance I'll win.
9 : away from home or work He's off fishing.

off.

abbreviation

Kids Definition of off.

office

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