- (RP) IPA: /ɒf/
- (Conservative RP) IPA: /ɔːf/
- (America) enPR: ŏf, IPA: /ɔf/
- (cot-caught, Canada) IPA: /ɑf/
off (not comparable)
- In a direction away from the speaker or object.
- 1908, W[illiam] B[lair] M[orton] Ferguson, chapter IV, in Zollenstein, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, OCLC 731476803 ↗:
- So this was my future home, I thought! […] Backed by towering hills, the but faintly discernible purple line of the French boundary off to the southwest, a sky of palest Gobelin flecked with fat, fleecy little clouds, it in truth looked a dear little city; the city of one's dreams.
- He drove off in a cloud of smoke.
- Into a state of non-operation; into a state of non-existence.
- Please switch off the light when you leave.
- die off
- So as to remove or separate, or be removed or separated.
- He bit off the end of the carrot.
- Some branches were sawn off.
- Used in various other ways specific to individual idiomatic phrases, e.g. bring off, show off, put off, tell off, etc. See the entry for the individual phrase.
- Inoperative, disabled.
- Antonyms: on
- All the lights are off.
- Cancelled; not happening.
- The party's off because the hostess is sick.
- Rancid, rotten, gone bad.
- Antonyms: fresh
- This milk is off!
- Less than normal, in temperament or in result.
- sales are off this quarter
- Inappropriate; untoward.
- I felt that his comments were a bit off.
- (in phrases such as 'well off', 'better off', 'poorly off') Circumstanced.
- Started on the way.
- off to see the wizard
- And they're off! Whatsmyname takes an early lead, with Remember The Mane behind by a nose.
- 1922 , James Joyce, Ulysses, chapter V:
- —Hello, Bloom. Where are you off to?
- —Hello, M’Coy. Nowhere in particular.
- Far; off to the side.
- He took me down the corridor and into an off room.
- the off horse or ox in a team, in distinction from the nigh or near horse
- 1937, Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God, Harper Perennial (2000), p.151:
- He came in, took a look and squinched down into a chair in an off corner and didn’t open his mouth.
- Designating a time when one is not strictly attentive to business or affairs, or is absent from a post, and, hence, a time when affairs are not urgent.
- He took an off day for fishing. an off year in politics; the off season
- (in phrases such as 'off day') Designating a time when one is not performing to the best of one's abilities.
- (of a dish on a menu) Presently unavailable.
- — I'll have the chicken please.
- — Sorry, chicken's off today.
- (British, in relation to a vehicle) On the side furthest from the kerb (the right-hand side if one drives on the left).
- 1963, Jack Schaefer: Monte Walsh, page 174:
- The man and the horse came closer and were Sonny Jacobs of the Diamond Six and a smallish neat sorrel definitely favouring its off forefoot.
- The off front wheel came loose.
- Antonyms: near
- 1963, Jack Schaefer: Monte Walsh, page 174:
- (cricket) In, or towards the half of the field away from the batsman's legs; the right side for a right-handed batsman.
- Antonyms: on, leg
- Not positioned upon; away from a position upon.
- He's off the roof now.
- I took it off the table.
- Keep off the grass.
- Detached, separated, excluded or disconnected from; away from a position of attachment or connection to.
- The phone is off the hook
- The coat fell off the peg.
- He was thrown off the team for cheating.
- We've been off the grid for three days now.
- We're off their radar.
- He's off the computer, but he's still on the phone.
- Used to indicate the location or direction of one thing relative to another, implying adjacency or accessibility via.
- His office is off this corridor on the right.
- We're just off the main road.
- Look! There's a UFO off our left wing!
- Used to express location at sea relative to land or mainland.
- The island is 23 miles off the cape.
- Removed or subtracted from.
- There's 20% off the list price.
- No longer wanting or taking.
- He's been off his feed since Tuesday.
- He's off his meds again.
- (colloquial, more properly 'from') Out of the possession of.
- He didn't buy it off him. He stole it off him.
- Placed after a number (of products or parts, as if a unit), in commerce or engineeringtopics en.
- Tantalum bar 6 off 3/8" Dia × 12" — Atom, Great Britain Atomic Energy Authority, 1972
- samples submitted … 12 off Thermistors type 1K3A531 … — BSI test report for shock and vibration testing, 2000
- I'd like to re-order those printer cartridges, let's say 5-off.
off (offs, present participle offing; past and past participle offed)
- (transitive, slang) To kill.
- He got in the way so I had him offed.
- (transitive, Singapore, Philippines) To switch off.
- Can you off the light?
- (usually in phrases such as 'from the off', 'at the off', etc.) Beginning; starting point.
- He has been very obviously an untrustworthy narrator right from the off.