Definition of Off

Pronunciation: ǒf; 115
adv.1.In a general sense, denoting from or away from; as:
1.Denoting distance or separation; as, the house is a mile off.
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.
The questions no way touch upon puritanism, either off or on.
- Bp. Sanderson.
From off
off from; off.
Off and on
a - Not constantly; not regularly; now and then; occasionally.
- Is. vi. 6.
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.
To come 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.
To take off
to mimic, lampoon, or impersonate.
To tell off
a - (Mil.) to divide and practice a regiment or company in the several formations, preparatory to marching to the general parade for field exercises.
b - to rebuke (a person) for an improper action; to scold; to reprimand.
- Farrow.
To be well off
to be in good condition.
To be ill off
to be in poor condition.
interj.1.Away; begone; - a command to depart.
prep.1.Not on; away from; as, to be off one's legs or off the bed; two miles off the shore.
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
a - to be of a wrong color.
b - to be mildly obscene.
To be off one's food
to have no appetite; to be eating less than usual.
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.
3.Designating a time when one's performance is below normal; as, he had an off day.
Off side
a - The right hand side in driving; the farther side.
b - (Cricket) See Off, n.
n.1.(Cricket) The side of the field that is on the right of the wicket keeper.

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Of a certainty
Of a piece
Of a truth
Of color
Of consequence
Of course
Of force
Of late
Of long
Of necessity
Of new
Of no effect
Of no use
Of old
Of one's self
Of passage
Of sale
Of that ilk
Of use
Of yore
Off and on
Off hand
Off one's guard
Off one's hands
Off side
Off stump
off the books
Off the hook
Off the hooks
off the top of my head
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