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off adverb 1 away; at or to a distance. 2 in or into a position which is not attached; loose; separate The handle came off. 3 colloq ahead in time Easter is a week off. 4 in or into a state of no longer working or operating; not on Turn the radio off. 5 in or into a state of being stopped or cancelled The match was rained off. 6 in or into a state of sleep nodded off. 7 to the end, so as to be completely finished Finish the work off. 8 away from work or one's duties Take an hour off. 9 away from a course; aside Turn off into a side street. 10 situated as regards money well off badly off. adj 1 said of an electrical device: not functioning or operating; disconnected; not on The radio was off. 2 cancelled; not taking place The meeting's off. 3 originally naut most distant; furthest away. 4 said of the side of a vehicle, etc: nearest the centre of the road, ie on the right in the UK. 5 not good; not up to standard an off day. 6 cricket on the side of the field towards which the batsman's feet are pointing, usually the bowler's left. Opposite of on (adj 6). 7 in a restaurant, on a menu, etc: no longer available as a choice Peas are off. 8 said especially of food or drink: in a state of decay; gone bad or sour The milk was off. prep 1 from or away from something Lift it off the shelf. 2 removed from or no longer attached to something. 3 opening out of, leading from, or not far from something a side street off the main road. 4 not wanting or no longer attracted by something off one's food go off him. 5 no longer using something, etc be off the tablets. 6 not up to the usual standard of something off one's game. 7 out to sea from (a specified country, area of land, etc) off the coast of Spain. noun 1 (usually the off) the start, eg of a race or journey ready for the off. 2 cricket the side of a field towards which the batsman's feet are pointing, usually the bowler's left. a bit off colloq said of behaviour, etc: unacceptable or unfair. off and on now and then; occasionally. off one's face 1 slightly mad. 2 very drunk.
ETYMOLOGY: Anglo-Saxon of away.
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