1moving away and often down from:he rolled off the bed the coat slipped off his arms trying to get us off the stage 2situated or leading in a direction away from (a main route or intersection):single wires leading off the main lines in a little street off Whitehall out at sea from (a place on the coast):anchoring off Blue Bay six miles off Dunkirk 3so as to be removed or separated from:threatening to tear the door off its hinges they knocked $2,000 off the price figurativeit’s a huge burden off my shoulders absent from:I took a couple of days off work informal abstaining from:he managed to stay off alcohol
4 informal having a temporary dislike of:he’s running a temperature and he’s off his food 1 [attributive] characterized by performing or feeling worse than usual; unsatisfactory or inadequate:even the greatest athletes have off days [predic.] British informal unwell:I felt decidedly off 2 [predic.] (of food) no longer fresh:the fish was a bit off
4 [predic.] British informal annoying or unfair:His boss deducted the money from his pay. That was a bit off
5 [predic.] British informal unfriendly or hostile:there’s no one there except the barmaid, and she’s a bit off 1away from the place in question; to or at a distance:the man ran off she dashed off to her room we must be off now away from the main route:turning off for Ripon 2so as to be removed or separated:he whipped off his coat a section of the runway had been cordoned off absent; away from work:take a day off he is off on sick leave 3starting a journey or race; leaving:we’re off on holiday tomorrow the gunmen made off on foot they’re off! 4so as to bring to an end or be discontinued:the Christmas party rounded off a hugely successful year she broke off her reading to look at her husband cancelled:tell them the wedding’s off British informal (of an item on a menu) temporarily unavailable:strawberries are off 5(of an electrical appliance or power supply) not functioning or so as to cease to function:switch the TV off the electricity was off for four days 6having access to or possession of material goods or wealth to the extent specified:we’d been rather badly off for books how are you off for money?
chiefly British (with preceding numeral) denoting a quantity produced at one time.
1 (also off side) Cricket 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. The opposite of leg.
2British informal the start of a race, journey, or experience:now Ian is ready for the off 1 [no object] leave:supposedly loyal workers suddenly upped and offed to the new firms
2 [with object] North American kill; murder:she might off a cop, but she wouldn’t shoot her boyfriend