(noun, adjective, verb, adverb, preposition)


1. not in operation or operational

- the oven is off

- the lights are off

Similar word(s): disconnected

2. below a satisfactory level

- an off year for tennis

- his performance was off

Similar word(s): unsatisfactory

3. (of events) no longer planned or scheduled

- the wedding is definitely off

Similar word(s): cancelled

4. in an unpalatable state

Similar word(s): soured, sour, turned

5. not performing or scheduled for duties

- He's off every Tuesday

Similar word(s): inactive

Sentences with off as an adjective:

- All the lights are off.

- This milk is off!

- sales are off this quarter

- off to see the wizard

- And they're off! Whatsmyname takes an early lead, with Remember The Mane behind by a nose.

- the off horse or ox in a team, in distinction from the nigh or near horse

- He took an off day for fishing.  an off year in politics; the off season


1. from a particular thing or place or position (`forth' is obsolete)

- went off to school

- they drove off

Similar word(s): away, forth

2. at a distance in space or time

- the boat was 5 miles off (or away)

- the party is still 2 weeks off (or away)

Similar word(s): away

3. no longer on or in contact or attached

- clean off the dirt

- he shaved off his mustache

Sentences with off as an adverb:

- He drove off in a cloud of smoke.

- Please switch off the light when you leave.

- He bit off more than he could chew.

- Some branches were sawn off.


1. (rare) beginning; starting point

- He has been very obviously an untrustworthy narrator right from the off.


1. Used to indicate movement away from a position on

- I took it off the table.; Come off the roof!

2. (colloquial) Out of the possession of.

- He didn't buy it off him. He stole it off him.

3. Away from or not on.

- He's off the computer, but he's still on the phone.; Keep off the grass.

4. Disconnected or subtracted from.

- We've been off the grid for three days now.; He took 20% off the list price.

5. Distant from.

- We're just off the main road.; The island is 23 miles off the cape.

6. No longer wanting or taking.

- He's been off his feed since Tuesday.; He's off his meds again.

7. Placed after a number (of products or parts, as if a unit), in commerce or engineering.

- Tantalum bar 6 off 3/8" Dia × 12" — Atom, Great Britain Atomic Energy Authority, 1972samples submitted … 12 off Thermistors type 1K3A531 … — BSI test report for shock and vibration testing, 2000I'd like to re-order those printer cartridges, let's say 5-off.


1. kill intentionally and with premeditation

Similar word(s): dispatch, hit, murder, remove, slay

Definition categories: social, kill

Sentences with off as a verb:

- He got in the way so I had him offed.

- Can you off the light?