Adjective "off" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Away from the place in question; to or at a distance.
  1. 'she dashed off to her room'
  2. 'The distances involved in the US make it hard to rush off to a weekend tournament.'
  3. 'A thought suddenly glimmers in his eye - he gets up and hurries off to his room, beckoning after me.'
  4. 'He exited the court room immediately, walking off to the jubilation of the watching fans.'
  5. 'As the carriage turned to head up to the main entrance, Jak grabbed her waist and jumped off.'
  6. 'Along the shoreline not far off, people dip-netted for hooligan, an oily spring fish.'
  7. 'I wandered off into the sitting room and came back with a great pile of CDs.'
  8. 'Take your children for a drive following that route, so they know where to get on and off.'
  9. 'I was good about not taking a lot of time on my sites this morning, but now I must be off.'
  10. 'She shoos me out of her nice clean treatment room and I totter off feeling not exactly relaxed.'
  11. 'I wandered off into the changing room and changed into my spare uniform.'
  12. 'turn off for Ripon'
  13. 'The branch line can be mapped as a line running next to the main line until the location where they split off.'
  14. 'Traffic is a nightmare by about 4pm for a few hours and there is only one route off.'
  15. 'The path veers off to the right to bring you to the summit of Hindscarth, marked with a large cairn.'
So as to be removed or separated.
  1. 'a section of the runway had been cordoned off'
  2. 'If they must graze on the hillside, the reservoir must be fenced off to keep them at a safe distance.'
  3. 'The main display area and the balcony have been closed off since last summer.'
  4. 'By the way why is the play park for kids built near a busy main road and not even fenced off?'
  5. 'The bed would usually be screened off from the main hall by a curtain, often embroidered.'
  6. 'It's a little swollen now, but I can still get the ring off and on without any problem.'
  7. 'The best way to lose weight and keep it off is to remove as much fat from the diet as possible.'
  8. 'The march route is being blocked off and motorists in the area could be delayed for some time.'
  9. 'This is because to lose weight and keep it off, you must adjust what and how you eat permanently.'
  10. 'It is next to a set of doors and screened off from the main carriage - without seats for companions.'
  11. 'The US military said the main road had now been completely sealed off.'
  12. 'he is off on sick leave'
  13. 'What will they do with their children all week long when swimming is out of the question until dad is off at the weekend.'
  14. 'We'll take a week off as soon as the route is announced and drive it all the way.'
  15. 'However her health was not good enough to allow this and she was forced to take another year off on sick leave.'
  16. 'I just spent a very invigorating half hour talking to the boss about some time off for you.'
Starting a journey or race; leaving.
  1. 'the gunmen made off on foot'
  2. 'We try to grab a bit of toast or something, and we are off to the races.'
  3. 'It is wonderful to have a convenient airport from which to jet off on holiday or on business.'
  4. 'The teenager had waited with a female friend at a bus stop before heading off on the short journey home.'
  5. 'Then she flew off for a three-week holiday in the sun with her husband and younger child.'
  6. 'I'd also rather like her to be working properly again by the time I go off on holiday.'
  7. 'If you are one of the many people who are booked to go off on holiday in the next few weeks you may be asking yourself this question.'
  8. 'He is off on his holidays to Kerry this week and is taking a book he says he is really looking forward to reading.'
  9. 'School time is for learning, it's not for swanning off on cheap holidays to catch some winter sun.'
  10. 'After today's race Tergat is off to America to collect an honorary degree from a New York university.'
  11. 'When you shut the latch of your front door and head off to a race, you do so with a different mindset that sets the tone for the weekend.'
So as to bring to an end or be discontinued.
  1. 'she broke off her reading to look at her husband'
  2. 'The party was a resounding success, topped off by Nobby Clark walking the plank into Bangor harbour.'
  3. 'The show is rounded off by the reader auctioning a copy of The Phone Book he or she has signed.'
  4. 'The day was rounded off by a disco at Pitsea Leisure Centre for all the participants in the carnival.'
  5. 'That won't last, though, since there is now no excuse for us not getting the room finished off.'
  6. 'The festival will be rounded off on Sunday with a free and easy all-in open session.'
  7. 'The weekend was rounded off nicely with some good news from the doctor on Monday.'
  8. 'Talks between the two sides broke off in May.'
  9. 'Shrek 2 opens where the first film left off, with Shrek and Fiona on their honeymoon.'
  10. 'tell them the wedding's off'
  11. 'The journey is called off, replanned for some other time. Today was one of those days.'
  12. 'Last year the race had to be called off because of the foot and mouth crisis.'
  13. 'He told me the game was off because the goalposts had been vandalised and the pitch was unplayable.'
  14. 'While some high profile projects have been killed off, in the main the government has no idea how to replace them.'
  15. 'Give us fruit, cheese, or just tell us dessert is off, but spare us monstrosities like ‘tartufo’, a ball of synthetic vanilla ice cream in a saccharine-sweet meringue jacket.'
(of an electrical appliance or power supply) not functioning or so as to cease to function.
  1. 'the electricity was off for four days'
  2. 'The tape player sat on the floor of my bedsit in Bromley, and I used to turn it on and off with my foot.'
  3. 'I've heard that leaving a light on for a given length of time may use less energy than turning it off and on again.'
  4. 'Several weeks after the completion of his work the office lights would go off and on intermittently.'
  5. 'Chris ran back and shut the lights off in the truck since they wouldn't be required.'
  6. 'He had watched lights go on and off in the tower during the next couple of hours.'
  7. 'When I switch the engine off and on and activate the wiper lever they restart - although this is of little help on the motorway.'
  8. 'In order to repair the cable and make it safe we had to turn the power off.'
  9. 'He beamed and waved back then he closed his window and turned his lights off.'
  10. 'As seen here, however, often the best strategy is to turn the pacemaker off or to remove it altogether.'
  11. 'The light technician turns the lights off and on to the rhythm of the music.'
Having access to or possession of material goods or wealth to the extent specified.
  1. 'how are you off for money?'
  2. 'He found that the company was not nearly as badly off as he had initially thought.'
  3. 'I went over and he said, ‘How are you off for grub?’'
(with preceding numeral) denoting a quantity produced at one time.


    Moving away and often down from.
    1. 'the coat slipped off his arms'
    2. 'And then at the end of their set, they walk off the stage only to come back a minute later.'
    3. 'It looks like Drey had just been playing a game, jumping off bunk beds, when he suffered fatal injuries.'
    4. 'She folded her arms and Kev reluctantly jumped down off the stage so he didn't have to yell all the way across the room.'
    5. 'I took everything off my bed, which had been my storage place, and put my sheets in to be washed.'
    6. 'At times, it looked as if she would fall but she quickly caught himself and made her way off the stage.'
    7. 'Before I can even process what day it is, I hop off my bed and head for the broom every morning.'
    8. 'I didn't mean to push her off the bed but it just so happened that she fell to the floor.'
    9. 'I keep a waste paper bin next to the chair I sit on so I had visions of it having bounced off the arm of the chair and into the bin.'
    10. 'As I watch, it slips off the edge and rolls down the slope into a thicket of thorny bushes.'
    11. 'She grinned and disappeared off the main deck and appeared standing on the beach on the little island.'
    Situated or leading in a direction away from (a main route or intersection)
    1. 'in a little street off Whitehall'
    2. 'The businessmen were on a part of the Wall that is off the main tourist trail.'
    3. 'This was the second application for the vicarage, situated off Skipton Road and Haw Grove.'
    4. 'Unity Day will be held at Hyde Park, situated off Hyde Park Road and Moorhouse Lane.'
    5. 'There were three different types of toilets in the yards off the main street.'
    6. 'The hotel is situated just off the A9, north of Ballinluig and south of Pitlochry.'
    7. 'The development will be located in the centre of the town off the main Limerick to Galway road.'
    8. 'Bear right through the gate off the main path and begin the steep, steep ascent directly to the summit.'
    9. 'I still cannot get my head round the idea that golf's holy of holies is situated just off a busy dual carriageway.'
    10. 'She strengthened her grip on my arm, steered me onto a smaller path which forked off the main route to the left.'
    11. 'The business people on and off Main Street have put in a huge contribution in the past three years.'
    12. 'six miles off Dunkirk'
    13. 'It was so hot off Spain's Mediterranean coast that water temperatures rose by three degrees.'
    14. 'Eventually, Frank and his comrades anchored three miles off the French coast at day break.'
    15. 'As a youth I went mackerel fishing with an old boy called Sam off the Norfolk coast.'
    16. 'Duvillaun is one of the largest islands off the Irish coast and is renowned as a wildlife haven.'
    17. 'Several types of endangered sea turtles live in the waters off the Angolan coast.'
    18. 'On the return voyage, his ship was lost off Cape Cod, but he and his crew were rescued.'
    19. 'The big boys may have had it all their own way since oil was discovered off the north-east coast.'
    20. 'Boats off the Donegal coast will be restricted to just nine days fishing a month.'
    21. 'Much bigger windfarms are due to be built, including some off the Yorkshire coast.'
    22. 'The ship was visiting Albania to conduct survey operations off the coast.'
    So as to be removed or separated from.
    1. 'they knocked $2,000 off the price'
    2. 'I have torn the cuticle off my left big toe by scraping the fridge door over it.'
    3. 'Remove a good slice off the top of each onion, then place them in a baking tin or ovenproof dish.'
    4. 'The Cabernet Sauvignon 1999 is reduced to €14.20 a bottle - that is €3.50 off its regular price.'
    5. 'The blast was so powerful that it ripped iron security doors in the building off their hinges.'
    6. 'I glared at him as he walked over to the counter and ripped a piece of paper off the roll.'
    7. 'They tore metal window bars off the front of Parnella House and were smashing the bus shelter with them.'
    8. 'They started by taking the plaster off the outside walls.'
    9. 'Donald Dewar, however, will be taking some of the burden off her shoulders this weekend.'
    10. 'She closed her eyes for a moment as she tore the tarpaulin off the person beneath it.'
    11. 'All I have to do is to turn into a brutal fascist pig and angrily rip the covers off their bed while screaming at them.'
    12. 'I took a couple of days off work'
    13. 'If they put in their required weekly practice time, he would reward them by letting them take a day off school to go on a family ski trip.'
    14. 'He said the workers plan to remain off work until the money is paid into their accounts.'
    15. 'he managed to stay off alcohol'
    16. 'We hope to convince every motorist to stay off alcohol if they plan to get behind the wheel and drive home.'
    17. 'In the future all I hope is that I stay off drugs and keep clean, get my children back, get my own house and a good job.'
    18. 'For children it can mean staying off sweets or some of their other favourite things of life.'
    19. 'After hearing her tale of blind panic in the deep, you too will be struggling to stay off the cream cakes.'
    20. 'Often when people come off drugs, they have no place in society.'
    21. 'Now with coeliac disease you've got to really get off gluten and stay off gluten.'
    22. 'I've been off cocaine for years now and you know that!'
    23. 'Remember to reach out for help when you feel your commitment to stay off drugs is waning.'
    Having a temporary dislike of.
    1. 'With the onset of summer, the Big Cats suddenly go off food and spend most of the time in water.'
    2. 'And then I woke this morning to little IM messages from Greg… mmmmm! But I'm still off men.'


    Characterized by performing or feeling worse than usual; unsatisfactory or inadequate.
    1. 'Every player experiences off nights when nothing works.'
    2. 'They had a decent first half and a very good second half while Hearts, despite bags of effort, had an off day.'
    3. 'It is the sign of a good team that they can still get something on an off day.'
    4. 'How much kudos is there really in beating Milan's B team or Ajax on an off day?'
    5. 'No bemoaning of luck or excuses of an off night can hide the facts this time.'
    6. 'Did the Olympic sprinter lose in the final because of the intense atmosphere or because he or she had an off day?'
    7. 'He just has an off day at Cheltenham and the flatter Aintree circuit suits him much better.'
    8. 'They're not the toughest team Switzerland, but even a weak team can beat you on an off day can't they?'
    9. 'We were really poor and it is strange that you get so many players having an off game.'
    10. 'We appreciate each other's input all the time, and if one of us is having an off day, the other one picks up.'
    11. 'I felt decidedly off'
    12. 'The 19-year-old student woke up feeling ‘a bit off’ but went to her part-time job at a clothing store anyway.'
    (of food) no longer fresh.
    1. 'Her coffee was bad, maybe the milk was off.'
    2. 'The manager also arrived to apologise, though he did not agree with my view that the fish was off.'
    Located on the side of a vehicle that is normally furthest from the kerb; offside.
      Annoying or unfair.
      1. 'We were there to learn and listening to a boring old bloke talking about things which we considered irrelevant to 17 year old West Midlanders was a bit off.'
      Unfriendly or hostile.
      1. 'The woman who wrote the report was really off with me right from the minute we met.'
      2. 'She seemed to be a bit off with me and I felt like crying.'


      The half of the field (as divided lengthways through the pitch) towards which the batsman's feet are pointed when standing to receive the ball.
      1. 'Headland bats with real style and is deadly square of the wicket on the off side.'
      2. 'Bradman hit only one four in front of the wicket on the off, but 14 to the on by means of drives and his celebrated pull.'
      The start of a race, journey, or experience.
      1. 'Preston looked comfortable from the off, and took the lead after just nine minutes.'
      2. 'I ate one before the off, and the other one during the race.'
      3. 'Pete Buck and Phil Smith attacked from the off, rattling up 106 for the first wicket.'


      1. 'I understood that comprehensive education was designed to call a halt to the tragedy of those left behind when the grammar school kids upped and offed.'
      2. 'Thankfully most of the fashionista lookalikes have upped and offed by now, and so much the better.'
      Kill; murder.
      1. 'Two of the robbers are brothers, and one becomes violently angry when the cop offs his sibling.'
      2. 'They are in Hollywood, on the set of the movie Stab 3, where members of the cast are being eviscerated in the same order that their characters were offed in the screenplay.'
      3. 'All I know, Briggs, is I've got a source who tells me this guy will be offed by the Vigilante.'
      4. 'Since he'll probably inherit a big chunk of Castillo's surprisingly large estate, he may have half a dozen motives for offing his old man.'
      5. 'The rogues ransack the place in search of a treasure map, offing the men and carting the women, including feisty Violet Miranda, onto a ship run by the dastardly but suave Captain Calico Jack.'
      6. 'I mean just because I offed a couple of relatives of theirs doesn't mean they have to become all homicidal and try to kill me.'
      7. 'It seems that Jason is back from the dead and getting back in the saddle offing good looking, nubile co-eds and stupid adults.'
      8. 'Meanwhile, there is a serial killer who is offing people left and right in the ‘hood.'
      9. 'Rick offed one of his own guys, but he deserved it for shooting me.'
      10. 'So he offs a go-go dancer with a toxic rose and shoots a stripper with a blowgun.'


      1. so as to be no longer supported or attached: This button is about to come off.

      2. so as to be no longer covering or enclosing: to take a hat off; to take the wrapping off.

      3. away from a place: to run off; to look off toward the west.

      4. away from a path, course, etc.; aside: This road branches off to Grove City.

      5. so as to be away or on one's way: to start off early; to cast off.

      6. away from what is considered normal, regular, standard, or the like: to go off on

      More examples(as adjective)

      "people can be off to places."

      "people can be off to starts."

      "places can be off to starts."

      "people can be off to beds."

      "people can be off in/at/on weeks."

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      Old English, originally a variant of of (which combined the senses of ‘of’ and ‘off’).


      off and on