Thesaurus

stave off

verb

Synonyms & Antonyms of stave off

1 to drive back
  • managed to stave off the invaders

Synonyms for stave off

Words Related to stave off

Near Antonyms for stave off

2 to keep from happening by taking action in advance
  • the quartermaster staved off a shortage by requisitioning more than enough supplies

Synonyms for stave off

Words Related to stave off

Near Antonyms for stave off

See the Dictionary Definition 

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about stave off

Time Traveler for stave off

Time Traveler

The first known use of stave off was in 1611

See more words from the same year

Cite this Entry

“Stave off.” The Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/stave%20off. Accessed 22 November 2019.

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on stave off

Dictionary: Definition of stave off

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with stave off

Nglish: Translation of stave off for Spanish Speakers

Comments on stave off

What made you want to look up stave off? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

not agreeing with established beliefs

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Name that Food Quiz

Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

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