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" the teacher waved the children away from the dead animal"; " went off to school"; " they drove off"; (` forth' is obsolete as in" go forth and preach")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. 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"
  3. ( of events) no longer planned or scheduled; " the wedding is definitely off"
  4. in an unpalatable state; " sour milk"
  5. no longer on or in contact or attached; " clean off the dirt"; " he shaved off his mustache"
  6. not in operation or operational; " the oven is off"; " the lights are off"
  7. below a satisfactory level; " an off year for tennis"; " his performance was off"
  8. not performing or scheduled for duties; " He's off every Tuesday"; " he was off duty when it happened"; " an off- duty policeman"
  9. from a particular thing or place or position (` forth' is obsolete); " ran away from the lion"; " wanted to get away from there"; " sent the children away to boarding school"; " the teacher waved the children away from the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".
  10. From.
  11. In a general sense, denoting from or away from; as:
  12. Denoting distance or separation; as, the house is a mile off.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. Denoting a different direction; not on or towards: away; as, to look off.
  16. Denoting opposition or negation.
  17. Not on; away from; as, to be off one's legs or off the bed; two miles off the shore.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. The side of the field that is on the right of the wicket keeper.
  21. Away.
  22. Away; begone; - a command to depart.
  23. Most distant.
  24. Most distant; on the opposite or farther side; as, the off horse of a team; away; as, I must be off.
  25. Away; as, take off your hat; he stood afar off.
  26. Not on; away from; as, take the bowl off the shelf; not in condition; distant from; as, a mile off shore.
  27. Begone.
  28. From: away from: on the opposite side of a question: not on.
  29. Most distant: on the opposite or further side.
  30. Not on.
  31. Away! depart!.
  32. Away; not on.
  33. From; not on.
  34. Farther; aside from.
  35. Entirely to an end; utterly.
  36. Extending away or out from.
  37. Begone! away! - off color, unsatisfactory; inferior.
  38. Away; not toward.
  39. 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.
  40. Not on; distant from.
  41. Denoting distance; in driving, applied to the right- hand side.
  42. From; away; not towards; denoting the action of removing or separating, as to cut off.
  43. 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.

Antonyms for off

exact, errorless, borderline, mean, vigorous, sane, nice, active, sound, heavenly, energetic, perfect, functional, busy, operational, middling, largish, operative, unsoured, incomparable, capital, O.K., premium, unrivaled, peerless, acceptable, inoffensive, matchless, respectable, realistic, so-so, Compos-mentis, innocuous, faithful, large, superlative, on-target, polite, classical, operable, unmatched, bang on, neat, decent, factual, tip-top, lucid, goodly, sterling, clearheaded, top-notch, correct, satisfying, lifelike, first-rate, splendid, letter-perfect, staid, mediocre, useful, inimitable, fancy, nonpareil, sedulous, industrious, fine, clean, suitable, tolerable, prudish, divine, spot-on, decorous, grand, stable, all-right, workable, unparalleled, passable, standard, fair, impeccable, nifty, valid, puritanical, alive, practical, employed, living, marvelous, normal, veracious, sufficient, worthy, three-dimensional, operating, crackerjack, better, seemly, good, authentic, high-grade, adequate, viable, on, boss, tidy, connected, first class, choice, significant, banner, noble, faultless, feasible, substantial, top, proven, A1, average, special, true, strict, flawless, great, superb, natural, straitlaced, confirmed, satisfactory, distinct, excellent, unexampled, swell, exceptional, established, minimal, dead-on, so, demonstrated, considerable, jim-dandy, tested, working, unsurpassable, dandy, slick, stellar, unequaled, photo-realistic, bang up, right, unexceptional, sensational, classic, par excellence, prim, superior, G-rated, priggish, gratifying, groovy, going, healthy, usable, fabulous, terrific, near, assiduous, precise, genteel, unsurpassed, running, keen, sizable, balanced, victorian, supernal, proper, accurate, functioning, only, naturalistic, wonderful, prime.

Quotes of off

  1. We will not be intimidated or pushed off the world stage by people who do not like what we stand for, and that is, freedom, democracy and the fight against disease, poverty and terrorism. – Madeleine Albright
  2. The media's power is frail. Without the people's support, it can be shut off with the ease of turning a light switch. – Corazon Aquino
  3. I felt I really wanted to back off from music completely and just work within the visual arts in some way. I started painting quite passionately at that time. – David Bowie
  4. I'd much rather have the honesty than not. Because if you will say what's on your mind and get it off your chest, then the sooner I can prove you wrong! – Garth Brooks
  5. I'm kind of like a samurai. They say if you want to be a samurai, you can't be afraid of dying, and as soon as you flinch, you get your head cut off I'm not afraid of losing this business. – Yvon Chouinard
  6. I was always in plays at school and in school concerts- you could say I liked to show off – George Cole
  7. All my friends were going off to be professionals, and I said I wanted to be an actor. – Harrison Ford
  8. When the Lord sent me forth into the world, He forbade me to put off my hat to any, high or low. – George Fox
  9. Look, I was only given a year or two to come up with tunes for this record, and when all but eight of them were thrown out for riotous behaviour, I got a bit ticked off wouldn't you? – Alan Gorrie
  10. One of the misfortunes of our time is that in getting rid of false shame we have killed off so much real shame as well. – Louis Kronenberger
  11. I just feel like there hasn't been enough time away from all this other stuff and into this new world or sort of big world that it hasn't worn off yet. – Mike Lowry
  12. At times like that it's difficult to remember what's at stake, that history is in the making. As a player you feel so cut off sometimes, it can be tough... Which is why it is an enormous advantage to play at home. – Michel Patini
  13. I am not one of those actors who believes he has to live the part he is playing. I can turn it on and off – Donald Pleasence
  14. There is a trade off as you grow older you gain wisdom but you lose spontaneity. – Kenny Rogers
  15. I love Ruth Brown, not just her singing, but Ruth Brown has more girl power than anyone, because she fought hard against people who ripped her off and then helped other artists through the Rhythm and Blues Foundation. – Ronnie Spector

Usage examples for off

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

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