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off Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. verb kill intentionally and with premeditation
    murder; slay; dispatch; remove; hit; bump off; polish off.
    • The mafia boss ordered his enemies murdered
  2. adjective not in operation or operational
    • the oven is off
    • the lights are off
  3. adjective satellite below a satisfactory level
    • an off year for tennis
    • his performance was off
  4. adjective (of events) no longer planned or scheduled
    • the wedding is definitely off
  5. adjective satellite in an unpalatable state
    turned; sour.
    • sour milk
  6. adjective satellite not performing or scheduled for duties
    • He's off every Tuesday
  7. adverb from a particular thing or place or position (`forth' is obsolete)
    forth; away.
    • ran away from the lion
    • wanted to get away from there
    • sent the children away to boarding school
    • the teacher waved the children away from the dead animal
    • went off to school
    • they drove off
    • go forth and preach
  8. adverb at a distance in space or time
    • the boat was 5 miles off (or away)
    • the party is still 2 weeks off (or away)
    • away back in the 18th century
  9. adverb no longer on or in contact or attached
    • clean off the dirt
    • he shaved off his mustache

Off adverb
OE. of, orig. the same word as R. of, prep., AS. of, adv. & prep. *194. See Of.
  1. In a general sense, denoting from or away from; as:
  2. Denoting distance or separation; as, the house is a mile off.
  3. Denoting the action of removing or separating; separation; as, to take off the hat or cloak; to cut off, to pare off, to clip off, to peel off, to tear off, to march off, to fly off, and the like.
  4. Denoting a leaving, abandonment, departure, abatement, interruption, or remission; as, the fever goes off; the pain goes off; the game is off; all bets are off.
  5. Denoting a different direction; not on or towards: away; as, to look off.
  6. Denoting opposition or negation. Obs.
    The questions no way touch upon puritanism, either off or on. Bp. Sanderson.
Off interjection
  1. Away; begone; -- a command to depart.
Off preposition
  1. Not on; away from; as, to be off one's legs or off the bed; two miles off the shore. Addison.
Off adjective
  1. On the farther side; most distant; on the side of an animal or a team farthest from the driver when he is on foot; in the United States, the right side; as, the off horse or ox in a team, in distinction from the nigh or near horse or ox; the off leg.
  2. Designating a time when one is not strictly attentive to business or affairs, or is absent from his post, and, hence, a time when affairs are not urgent; as, he took an off day for fishing: an off year in politics. "In the off season." Thackeray.
Off noun
  1. (Cricket) The side of the field that is on the right of the wicket keeper.

Webster 1913