on and off

adverb

: with periodic cessation : off and on, intermittently
Lucy was sick on and off for two years before doctors were able to discover what was wrong.Jo Abi
on-and-off adjective
It took more than 20 break-ups for Melissa Meagher to realise her six-year on-and-off relationship with her ex had to end for good. Sophie Aubrey

Word History

First Known Use

1668, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of on and off was in 1668

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Cite this Entry

“On and off.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/on%20and%20off. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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