Definitions of off

  1. from a particular thing or place or position; " 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" the teacher waved the children away from the dead animal"; " went off to school"; " they drove off"; (` forth' is obsolete as in" go forth and preach")
  2. no longer on or in contact or attached; " clean off the dirt"; " he shaved off his mustache"
  3. not in operation or operational; " the oven is off"; " the lights are off"
  4. below a satisfactory level; " an off year for tennis"; " his performance was off"
  5. not performing or scheduled for duties; " He's off every Tuesday"; " he was off duty when it happened"; " an off- duty policeman"
  6. from a particular thing or place or position (` forth' is obsolete); " ran away from the lion"; " wanted to get away from there"; " sent the children away to boarding school"; " the teacher waved the children away from the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".
  7. From.
  8. In a general sense, denoting from or away from; as:
  9. Denoting distance or separation; as, the house is a mile off.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Denoting a different direction; not on or towards: away; as, to look off.
  13. Denoting opposition or negation.
  14. Not on; away from; as, to be off one's legs or off the bed; two miles off the shore.
  15. 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.
  16. The side of the field that is on the right of the wicket keeper.
  17. Away.
  18. Away; begone; - a command to depart.
  19. Most distant; on the opposite or farther side; as, the off horse of a team; away; as, I must be off.
  20. Away; as, take off your hat; he stood afar off.
  21. Not on; away from; as, take the bowl off the shelf; not in condition; distant from; as, a mile off shore.
  22. From: away from: on the opposite side of a question: not on.
  23. Most distant: on the opposite or further side.
  24. Not on.
  25. Away! depart!.
  26. Away; not on.
  27. From; not on.
  28. Farther; aside from.
  29. Entirely to an end; utterly.
  30. Extending away or out from.
  31. Begone! away! - off color, unsatisfactory; inferior.
  32. Away; not toward.
  33. Begone; depart. Off hand, without study or preparation. Off and on, at one time applying and engaged, then absent or remiss. To be off, to depart or to recede from an agreement or design. To come off, to escape. To go off, to depart. To take off, to mimic with ridicule.
  34. Not on; distant from.
  35. Denoting distance; in driving, applied to the right- hand side.
  36. From; away; not towards; denoting the action of removing or separating, as to cut off.
  37. Not on;, int. Away; begone; among seamen, abreast of or near; be off, away; depart; from off, denoting removal; ill off or badly off, having fared ill; in a state of poverty; off and on, at one time anxious, at another careless, about anything; off- hand, without preparation or hesitation; without respect; of late, recently; of old, formerly; in time long past; to be off, to depart; to recede from an intended contract or design; to come off, to escape; to fare in the event; to happen, as the race came off; to get off, to alight; to come down; to make escape; to go off, to depart; to desert; to take fire and be discharged, as a gun; to take off, to take away; to mimic; well off, having fared well; in good circumstances.

Usage examples for off

  1. Be off with you, Mr. Donnegan! – Gunman's Reckoning by Max Brand
  2. I'll be after him, and get him off in no time." – Conscience by Eliza Lee Follen
  3. They were up to him and off in a moment. – Stories of Childhood by Various
  4. Good- by, I must be off. – The Girl Scouts in Beechwood Forest by Margaret Vandercook
  5. To let her off? – The Secret of Sarek by Maurice Leblanc
  6. If it was a long way off, I wouldn't mind so much. – The Gold of Chickaree by Susan Warner
  7. You think they are far off, don't you? – The Boy Hunters by Captain Mayne Reid
  8. " My dear," she said, " if he does come you must put him off." – Masters of the Wheat-Lands by Harold Bindloss
  9. Tell it right off then. – Peggy Stewart at School by Gabrielle E. Jackson
  10. You jes' say a hol'in' off no." – The Strength of Gideon and Other Stories Strength of Gideon; Mammy Peggy's Pride; Viney's Free Papers; The Fruitful Sleeping of The Rev. Elisha Edwards; The Ingrate; The Case of 'Ca'line'; The Finish of Patsy Barnes; One Man's Fortunes; Jim's Probation; U by Paul Laurence Dunbar
  11. I'm not going to let you off! – Polly and the Princess by Emma C. Dowd
  12. So I'd be no better off. – The Tale of Benny Badger by Arthur Scott Bailey
  13. I've had enough; I want to go off. – L'Assommoir by Emile Zola
  14. I'm off with Mr. Delaney. – Whispering Wires by Henry Leverage
  15. He can't be far off. – Ravensdene Court by J. S. (Joseph Smith) Fletcher
  16. So I let him talk it off. – Godfrey Marten, Undergraduate by Charles Turley
  17. And off he went. – The Peasant and the Prince by Harriet Martineau
  18. Now get off, and let me go on, will you? – The Bicyclers and Three Other Farces by John Kendrick Bangs
  19. When do you expect to marry her off? – Child of a Century, v3 by Alfred de Musset