• 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"

  • Rancid, rotten.

    "This milk is off!"

  • Circumstanced (as in well off, better off, poorly off).
  • Far; off to the side.

    "the off horse or ox in a team, in distinction from the nigh or near horse"

  • Inoperative, disabled.

    "All the lights are off."

  • Less than normal, in temperament or in result.

    "sales are off this quarter"

  • Started on the way.

    "And they're off! Whatsmyname takes an early lead, with Remember The Mane behind by a nose."

  • (cricket) In, or towards the half of the field away from the batsman's legs; the right side for a right-handed batsman.
  • Started on the way.

    "off to see the wizard"


  • So as to be removed or separated.

    "He bit off more than he could chew."

  • Into a state of non-operation; into a state of non-existence.

    "Please switch off the light when you leave."

  • In a direction away from the speaker or object.

    "He drove off in a cloud of smoke."

  • So as to be removed or separated.

    "Some branches were sawn off."


  • (rare) beginning; starting point

    "He has been very obviously an untrustworthy narrator right from the off."


  • Away from or not on.

    "He's off the computer, but he's still on the phone.; Keep off the grass."

  • No longer wanting or taking.

    "He's been off his feed since Tuesday.; He's off his meds again."

  • (colloquial) Out of the possession of.

    "He didn't buy it off him. He stole it off him."

  • Distant from.

    "We're just off the main road.; The island is 23 miles off the cape."

  • Used to indicate movement away from a position on

    "I took it off the table.; Come off the roof!"

  • Disconnected or subtracted from.

    "We've been off the grid for three days now.; He took 20% off the list price."

  • Placed after a number (of products or parts, as if a unit), in commerce or engineering.

    "Tantalum bar 6 off 3/8" Dia × 12" — Atom, Great Britain Atomic Energy Authority, 1972samples submitted … 12 off Thermistors type 1K3A531 … — BSI test report for shock and vibration testing, 2000I'd like to re-order those printer cartridges, let's say 5-off."


  • (transitive, Singapore) To switch off.

    "Can you off the light?"

  • (transitive, slang) To kill.

    "He got in the way so I had him offed."

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