off

The adverb off means away or distant. You might run off from the dinner table after an argument with your family about what to watch on TV later.

You might dash off, moving away from where you started, or turn off your original route during a trip. There are several other meanings of off, including "not scheduled," as when you're off work, and "not running," like when you turn off your leaf blower so you won't scare your neighbor's dog. Food can be off too, when it's gone a little bit bad or spoiled. The colloquial "to off someone," or kill them, is from 1930.

Primary Meanings of off

1.
advadj
from a particular thing or place or position (`forth' is obsolete)
not in operation or operational
2.
v
kill intentionally and with premeditation
Full Definitions of off
1

adv from a particular thing or place or position (`forth' is obsolete)

“went off to school”
“they drove off
Synonyms:
away, forth

adv at a distance in space or time

Synonyms:
away

adv no longer on or in contact or attached

“clean off the dirt”
“he shaved off his mustache”

adj not in operation or operational

“the oven is off
“the lights are off
Synonyms:
disconnected
not plugged in or connected to a power source
Antonyms:
on
in operation or operational
connected
plugged in
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adj not performing or scheduled for duties

“He's off every Tuesday”
Synonyms:
inactive
not engaged in full-time work

adj (of events) no longer planned or scheduled

“the wedding is definitely off
Synonyms:
cancelled
Antonyms:
on
(of events) planned or scheduled

adj below a satisfactory level

“an off year for tennis”
“his performance was off
Synonyms:
unsatisfactory
not giving satisfaction

adj in an unpalatable state

Synonyms:
sour, turned
soured
having turned bad
2

v kill intentionally and with premeditation

Synonyms:
bump off, dispatch, hit, murder, polish off, remove, slay
Types:
burke
murder without leaving a trace on the body
execute
murder in a planned fashion
Type of:
kill
cause to die; put to death, usually intentionally or knowingly

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