- offoff1 [ôf, äf]adv.[LME var. of of,OF1, later generalized for all occurrences of of in stressed positions]1. so as to be or keep away, at a distance, to a side, etc. [to move off, to ward off]2. so as to be measured, divided, etc. [to pace off, to mark off]3. so as to be no longer on, attached, united, covering, in contact, etc. [take off your hat, the paint wore off]4. (a specified distance) away:a) in space [a town ten miles off]b) in time [a date two weeks off]5.a) so as to be no longer in operation, function, continuance, etc. [turn the motor off]b) to the point of completion, extinction, or exhaustion [drink it off]6. so as to be less, smaller, fewer, etc. [to allow 5% off for cash]7. so as to lose consciousness [to doze off]8. away from one's work or usual activity [to take a week off]prep.1. (so as to be) no longer (or not) on, attached to, united with, covering, in contact with, etc. [it blew off the desk; a car went off the road]2. away from but not far from [to live off campus, anchored off the lee shore]3.a) from the substance of; on [to live off an inheritance]b) at the expense of4. coming or branching out from [an alley off Main Street]5. free or relieved from [off duty]6. not up to the usual level, standard, etc. of [off one's game]7. less than; taken from [25% off the regular price]8. Informal no longer using, engaging in, supporting, etc.; abstaining from [to be off liquor]9. Informal from [I bought it off a friend]: Off as a preposition is often used, chiefly in informal speech, with of; however, this idiomatic expression is generally avoided by careful speakers and writersadj.1. not on, attached, united, etc. [his hat is off]2. not in operation, function, continuance, etc. [the motor is off]3. gone away; on the way [be off to bed]4.a) less, smaller, fewer, etc. [sales are off]b) lower in value5. away from work, etc.; absent [the maid is off today]6. not up to what is usual, normal, standard, etc. [an off day]7. more remote; further [on the off chance, the off side]8. on the right side, facing forward: said of an animal in double harness, a wagon wheel, etc.: opposed to NEAR9. in (specified) circumstances [to be well off]10. not correct; in error; wrong [his figures are off]11. Informal not quite normal in thinking, behavior, etc.; mildly eccentric12. Cricket designating the side of the field facing the batsmann.1. the fact or condition of being off [turn the switch from off to on]2. Cricket the off sidevt.Slang to kill; murderinterj.go away; stay away: Off is also used in various idiomatic expressions, many of which are entered in this dictionary under the key words——————off and onnow and then; intermittently——————off with!put off! take off! remove!——————off with you!go away! depart!off2abbrev.1. offered2. office3. officer4. official
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.