OFF, a. auf. Most distant; as the off horse in a team.
- Not on; as, to be off one's legs. He was not off the bed the whole day.
- Distant from; as, about two miles off this town. [Not now used.] Addison.
OFF, a. [auf.]
Most distant; as, the off horse in a team.
OFF, adv. [auf.]
- From, noting distance. The house is a mile off.
- From, with the action of removing or separating; as, to take off the hat or cloke. So we say, to cut off, to pare off, to clip off, to peel off, to tear off, to march off, to fly off.
- From, noting separation; as, the match is off.
- From, noting departure, abatement, remission or a leaving. The fever goes off; the pain goes off.
- In painting, it denotes projection or relief.
This comes off well and excellent. Shak.
- From; away; not toward; as, to look off; opposed to on or toward.
- On the opposite side of a question.
The questions no way touch upon puritanism, either off or on. Sanderson.
Off hand, without study or preparation. She plays a tune off hand. He speaks fluently off hand.
Off and on, at one time applying and engaged, then absent or remiss.
To be off, in colloquial language, to depart or to recede from an agreement or design.
To come off, to escape, or to fare in the event.
To get off, to alight; to come down.
#2. To make escape.
To go off, to depart; to desert.
#2. To take fire; to be discharged; as a gun.
Well off, ill off, badly off, having good or ill success.
As an exclamation, is a command to depart, either with or without contempt or abhorrence.
- Denoting distance or separation; as, the
house is a mile off.
- Away; begone; --
a command to depart.
- Not on; away from; as,
to be off one's legs or off the bed; two miles
off the shore.
- 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
- The side
of the field that is on the right of the wicket keeper.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Denoting a different direction; not on or
towards: away; as, to look off.
- Denoting opposition or negation.