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Meaning of OFF

Pronunciation:  of

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adv]  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school"; "the teacher waved the children away from the dead animal"; "went off to school"; "they drove off"; (`forth' is obsolete as in"go forth and preach")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. [adv]  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. [adv]  no longer on or in contact or attached; "clean off the dirt"; "he shaved off his mustache"
  4. [adj]  not in operation or operational; "the oven is off"; "the lights are off"
  5. [adj]  (of events) no longer planned or scheduled; "the wedding is definitely off"
  6. [adj]  below a satisfactory level; "an off year for tennis"; "his performance was off"
  7. [adj]  in an unpalatable state; "sour milk"

OFF is a 3 letter word that starts with O.


 Synonyms: away, cancelled, disconnected, forth, sour, soured, turned, unsatisfactory
 Antonyms: on



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Off\, adv. [OE. of, orig. the same word as R. of, prep.,
    AS. of, adv. & prep. [root]194. See {Of}.]
    In a general sense, denoting from or away from; as:
    1. Denoting distance or separation; as, the house is a mile
    2. 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.
    3. 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.
    4. Denoting a different direction; not on or towards: away;
       as, to look off.
    5. Denoting opposition or negation. [Obs.]
             The questions no way touch upon puritanism, either
             off or on.                            --Bp.
    {From off}, off from; off. ``A live coal . . . taken with the
       tongs from off the altar.'' --Is. vi. 6.
    {Off and on}.
       (a) Not constantly; not regularly; now and then;
       (b) (Naut.) On different tacks, now toward, and now away
           from, the land.
    {To be off}.
       (a) To depart; to escape; as, he was off without a
           moment's warning.
       (b) To be abandoned, as an agreement or purpose; as, the
           bet was declared to be off. [Colloq.]
    {To come off}, {To cut off}, {To fall off}, {To go off}, etc.
       See under {Come}, {Cut}, {Fall}, {Go}, etc.
    {To get off}.
       (a) To utter; to discharge; as, to get off a joke.
       (b) To go away; to escape; as, to get off easily from a
           trial. [Colloq.]
    {To take off}, to mimic or personate.
    {To tell off} (Mil.), to divide and practice a regiment or
       company in the several formations, preparatory to marching
       to the general parade for field exercises. --Farrow.
    {To be well off}, to be in good condition.
    {To be ill off}, {To be badly off}, to be in poor condition.
  2. \Off\, interj.
    Away; begone; -- a command to depart.
  3. \Off\, prep.
    Not on; away from; as, to be off one's legs or off the bed;
    two miles off the shore. --Addison.
    {Off hand}. See {Offhand}.
    {Off side}
    (Football), out of play; -- said when a player has got in
               front of the ball in a scrimmage, or when the ball
               has been last touched by one of his own side
               behind him.
    {To be off color}, to be of a wrong color.
    {To be off one's food}, to have no appetite. (Colloq.)
  4. \Off\, a.
    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 side}.
       (a) The right hand side in driving; the farther side. See
       (b) (Cricket) See {Off}, n.
  5. \Off\, n. (Cricket)
    The side of the field that is on the right of the wicket
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