[aw-fing, of-ing] /ˈɔ fɪŋ, ˈɒf ɪŋ/
the more distant part of the sea seen from the shore, beyond the anchoring ground.
a position at a distance from shore.
in the offing,
[awf, of] /ɔf, ɒf/
so as to be no longer supported or attached:
This button is about to come off.
so as to be no longer covering or enclosing:
to take a hat off; to take the wrapping off.
away from a place:
to run off; to look off toward the west.
away from a path, course, etc.; aside:
This road branches off to Grove City.
so as to be away or on one’s way:
to start off early; to cast off.
away from what is considered normal, regular, standard, or the like:
to go off on a tangent.
from a charge or price:
He took 10 percent off for all cash purchases.
at a distance in space or future time:
to back off a few feet; Summer is only a week off.
out of operation or effective existence:
Turn the lights off.
into operation or action:
The alarm goes off at noon.
so as to interrupt continuity or cause discontinuance:
Negotiations have been broken off.
in absence from work, service, a job, etc.:
two days off at Christmas.
to kill off all the inhabitants.
with prompt or ready performance:
to dash a letter off.
to fulfillment, or into execution or effect:
The contest came off on the appointed day.
into nonexistence or nothingness:
My headache passed off soon.
so as to be delineated, divided, or apportioned:
Mark it off into equal parts.
away from a state of consciousness:
I must have dozed off.
Nautical. away from the land, a ship, the wind, etc.
so as no longer to be supported by, attached to, on, resting on, or unified with:
Take your feet off the table! Break a piece of bread off the loaf.
off balance; off course.
below or less than the usual or expected level or standard:
20 percent off the marked price; I was off my golf game.
away, disengaged, or resting from:
to be off duty on Tuesdays.
Informal. refraining or abstaining from; denying oneself the pleasure, company, practice, etc., of:
He’s off gambling.
away from; apart or distant from:
a village off the main road.
leading into or away from:
an alley off 12th Street.
not fixed on or directed toward, as the gaze, eyes, etc.:
Their eyes weren’t off the king for a moment.
Informal. from (a specified source):
I bought it off a street vendor.
from or of, indicating material or component parts:
to lunch off cheese and fruit.
from or by such means or use of:
living off an inheritance; living off his parents.
Nautical. at some distance to seaward of:
off Cape Hatteras.
in error; wrong:
You are off on that point.
slightly abnormal or not quite sane:
He is a little off, but he’s really harmless.
not up to standard; not so good or satisfactory as usual; inferior or subnormal:
a good play full of off moments.
no longer in effect, in operation, or in process:
The agreement is off.
stopped from flowing, as by the closing of a valve:
The electricity is off.
in a specified state, circumstance, etc.:
to be badly off for money.
(of time) free from work or duty; nonworking:
a pastime for one’s off hours.
not working at one’s usual occupation:
We’re off Wednesdays during the summer.
of less than the ordinary activity, liveliness, or lively interest; slack:
an off season in the tourist trade.
unlikely; remote; doubtful:
on the off chance that we’d find her at home.
more distant; farther:
the off side of a wall.
(of a vehicle, single animal, or pair of animals hitched side by side) of, being, or pertaining to the right as seen from the rider’s or driver’s viewpoint (opposed to ):
the off horse; the off side.
starting on one’s way; leaving:
I’m off to Europe on Monday. They’re off and running in the third race at Aqueduct.
lower in price or value; down:
Stock prices were off this morning.
Nautical. noting one of two like things that is the farther from the shore; seaward:
the off side of the ship.
Cricket. noting or pertaining to that side of the wicket or of the field opposite that on which the batsman stands.
the state or fact of being off.
Cricket. the off side.
verb (used without object)
to go off or away; leave (used imperatively):
Off, and don’t come back!
verb (used with object)
Slang. to kill; slay.
get off on. (def 57).
get it off. (def 54).
off and on,
off of, Informal. off:
Take your feet off of the table!
the part of the sea that can be seen from the shore
in the offing, likely to occur soon
used to indicate actions in which contact is absent or rendered absent, as between an object and a surface: to lift a cup off the table
used to indicate the removal of something that is or has been appended to or in association with something else: to take the tax off potatoes
out of alignment with: we are off course
situated near to or leading away from: just off the High Street
not inclined towards: I’m off work, I’ve gone off you
(particle) so as to be deactivated or disengaged: turn off the radio
spent away from work or other duties: take the afternoon off
out from the shore or land: the ship stood off
away in the future: August is less than a week off
(particle) so as to be no longer taking place: the match has been rained off
(particle) removed from contact with something, as clothing from the body: the girl took all her clothes off
offstage: noises off
(commerce) (used with a preceding number) indicating the number of items required or produced: please supply 100 off
off and on, on and off, occasionally; intermittently: he comes here off and on
(interjection) off with, a command, often peremptory, or an exhortation to remove or cut off (something specified): off with his head, off with that coat, my dear
not on; no longer operative: the off position on the dial
(postpositive) not or no longer taking place; cancelled or postponed: the meeting is off
in a specified condition regarding money, provisions, etc: well off, how are you off for bread?
unsatisfactory or disappointing: his performance was rather off, an off year for good tennis
(postpositive) in a condition as specified: I’d be better off without this job
(postpositive) no longer on the menu; not being served at the moment: sorry, love, haddock is off
(postpositive) (of food or drink) having gone bad, sour, etc: this milk is off
(transitive) to kill (someone)
in phrase in the offing, 1779, from nautical term offing “the more distant part of the sea as seen from the shore” (1620s), from off (q.v.) + noun suffix -ing (1). Originally the phrase meant “in the distant future;” modern sense of “impending” developed 1914.
by c.1200 as an emphatic form of Old English of (see of), employed in the adverbial use of that word. The prepositional meaning “away from” and the adjectival sense of “farther” were not firmly fixed in this variant until 17c., but once they were they left the original of with the transferred and weakened senses of the word. Meaning “not working” is from 1861. Off the cuff (1938) is from the notion of speaking from notes written in haste on one’s shirt cuffs. Off the rack (adj.) is from 1963; off the record is from 1933; off the wall “crazy” is 1968, probably from the notion of a lunatic “bouncing off the walls” or else in reference to carom shots in squash, handball, etc.
“to kill,” 1930, from off (adv.). Earlier verbal senses were “to defer” (1640s), “to move off” (1882). Related: Offed.
see: in the offing
[aw-fish, of-ish] /ˈɔ fɪʃ, ˈɒf ɪʃ/ adjective, Informal. 1. aloof; unapproachable; standoffish. /ˈɒfɪʃ/ adjective 1. (informal) aloof or distant in manner
[awf-ahy-luh nd, of-] /ˈɔfˈaɪ lənd, ˈɒf-/ adjective 1. located or tending away from the shore of an island: an off-island current. adverb 2. away from the shore of an island: The ship sank about two miles off-island.
[awf-ahy-luh n-der, of-] /ˈɔfˈaɪ lən dər, ˈɒf-/ noun 1. a temporary or seasonal resident of an island; island visitor or tourist. 2. a person living on an offshore island.
[awf-kee, of-] /ˈɔfˈki, ˈɒf-/ adjective 1. deviating from the correct tone or pitch; out of tune. 2. Informal. somewhat irregular, abnormal, or incongruous. adj. 1920, from off (adv.) + musical sense of key (n.1). Figurative sense is from 1943.