off
I. adverb Etymology: Middle English of, from Old English — more at of Date: before 12th century 1. a. (1) from a place or position <
march off
>
; specifically away from land <
ship stood off to sea
>
(2) at a distance in space or time <
stood 10 paces off
>
<
a long way off
>
b. from a course ; aside <
turned off into a bypath
>
; specifically away from the wind c. into an unconscious state <
dozed off
>
2. a. so as to be separated from support <
rolled to the edge of the table and off
>
or close contact <
blew the lid off
>
<
the handle came off
>
b. so as to be divided <
surface marked off into squares
>
3. a. to a state of discontinuance or suspension <
shut off an engine
>
b. — used as an intensifier <
drink off a glass
>
<
finish it off
>
4. in absence from or suspension of regular work or service <
take time off for lunch
>
5. offstage II. preposition Date: before 12th century 1. a. — used as a function word to indicate physical separation or distance from a position of rest, attachment, or union <
take it off the table
>
<
a path off the main walk
>
<
a shop just off the main street
>
b. to seaward of <
two miles off shore
>
2. from the possession or charge of <
had his wallet stolen off him
>
3. — used as a function word to indicate the object of an action <
borrowed a dollar off him
>
<
dined off oysters
>
4. a. — used as a function word to indicate the suspension of an occupation or activity <
off duty
>
<
off liquor
>
b. below the usual standard or level of <
off his game
>
III. adjective Date: 1666 1. a. seaward b. right c. more removed or distant <
the off side of the building
>
2. a. started on the way <
off on a spree
>
b. not taking place or staying in effect ; canceled <
the deal was off
>
c. not operating d. not placed so as to permit operation 3. a. not corresponding to fact ; incorrect <
off in his reckoning
>
b. poor, subnormal c. not entirely sane ; eccentric d. remote, slight <
an off chance
>
4. a. spent off duty <
reading on his off days
>
b. marked by a periodic decline in activity or business <
traveled in the off season for lower prices
>
5. a. off-color b. inferior <
off grade of oil
>
; also affected with putrefaction c. down <
stocks were off
>
6. circumstanced <
worse off
>
IV. verb Date: 1717 intransitive verb to go away ; depart — used chiefly as an imperative <
off, or I'll shoot
>
transitive verb slang kill, murder V. abbreviation office; officer; official

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