Off (?), adv. [OE. of, orig. the same word as R. of, prep., AS. of, adv. & prep. 194. See Of.]

In a general sense, denoting from or away from; as:


Denoting distance or separation; as, the house is a mile off.


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.


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.


The questions no way touch upon puritanism, either off or on.
Bp. Sanderson.

From off, off from; off. "A live coal...taken with the tongs from off the altar." Is. vi. 6. -- Off and on. (a) Not constantly; not regularly; now and then; occasionally. (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. [Colloq.] -- To come off, To cut off, To fall off, To go 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. [Colloq.] -- To take off, to mimic or personate. <-- also, to take off on, to do a take-off on --> -- To tell off Mil., to divide and practice a regiment or company in the several formations, preparatory to marching to the general parade for field exercises. Farrow. <-- (b) to criticise --> -- To be well off, to be in good condition. -- To be ill off, To be badly off, to be in poor condition.


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Off (?), interj.

Away; begone; -- a command to depart.


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Off, prep.

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, to be of a wrong color. <-- to be mildly obscene --> -- To be off one's food, to have no appetite. (Colloq.)


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Off, a.


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.


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.

"In the off season."


Off side. (a) The right hand side in driving; the farther side. See Gee. (b) Cricket See Off, n.


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Off, n. Cricket

The side of the field that is on the right of the wicket keeper.


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