Away vs. Off

By Jaxson

  • Away (adverb)

    From a place, hence.

    “He went away on vacation.”

  • Away (adverb)

    Aside; off; in another direction.

  • Away (adverb)

    From a state or condition of being; out of existence.

  • Away (adverb)

    Come away; go away; take away.

  • Away (adverb)

    On; in continuance; without intermission or delay.

    “sing away”

  • Away (adverb)

    Without restraint.

    “You’ve got questions? Ask away!”

  • Away (adverb)

    Being so engaged for the entire time.

    “That’s where tourists go to hear great Cuban bands and dance the night away.”

  • Away (adverb)

    At a distance in time or space.

    “Christmas is only two weeks away.”

  • Away (interjection)

    come on!; go on!

  • Away (adjective)

    Not here, gone, absent, unavailable, traveling; on vacation.

    “The master is away from home.”

    “Would you pick up my mail while I’m away.”

  • Away (adjective)

    At a specified distance in space, time, or figuratively.

    “He’s miles away by now.”

    “Spring is still a month away.”

  • Away (adjective)

    Not on one’s home territory.

    “Next, they are playing away in Dallas.”

  • Away (adjective)


    “Two men away in the bottom of the ninth.”

  • Off (adverb)

    In a direction away from the speaker or object.

    “He drove off in a cloud of smoke.”

  • Off (adverb)

    Into a state of non-operation; into a state of non-existence.

    “Please switch off the light when you leave.”

    “die off”

  • Off (adverb)

    So as to be removed or separated.

    “He bit off more than he could chew.”

    “Some branches were sawn off.”

  • Off (adjective)

    Inoperative, disabled.


    “All the lights are off.”

  • Off (adjective)

    Rancid, rotten.


    “This milk is off!”

  • Off (adjective)

    In, or towards the half of the field away from the batsman’s legs; the right side for a right-handed batsman.


  • Off (adjective)

    Less than normal, in temperament or in result.

    “sales are off this quarter”

  • Off (adjective)

    Inappropriate; untoward.

    “I felt that his comments were a bit off.”

  • Off (adjective)

    Circumstanced (as in well off, better off, poorly off).

  • Off (adjective)

    Started on the way.

    “off to see the wizard”

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

  • Off (adjective)

    Far; off to the side.

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

  • Off (adjective)

    Designating a time when one is not strictly attentive to business or affairs, or is absent from a post, and, hence, a time when affairs are not urgent.

    “He took an off day for fishing.”

    “an off year in politics;”

    “the off season”

  • Off (adjective)

    Designating a time when one is not performing to the best of one’s abilities.

  • Off (adjective)

    Presently unavailable.

    “— I’ll have the chicken please.”

    “— Sorry, chicken’s off today.”

  • Off (adjective)

    Right-hand in relation to the side of a horse or a vehicle.


  • Off (preposition)

    Used to indicate movement away from a position on

    “I took it off the table.”

    “Come off the roof!”

  • Off (preposition)

    Out of the possession of.

    “He didn’t buy it off him. He stole it off him.”

  • Off (preposition)

    Away from or not on.

    “He’s off the computer, but he’s still on the phone.”

    “Keep off the grass.”

  • Off (preposition)

    Disconnected or subtracted from.

    “We’ve been off the grid for three days now.”

    “He took 20% off the list price.”

  • Off (preposition)

    Distant from.

    “We’re just off the main road.”

    “The island is 23 miles off the cape.”

  • Off (preposition)

    No longer wanting or taking.

    “He’s been off his feed since Tuesday.”

    “He’s off his meds again.”

  • Off (preposition)

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

    “Tantalum bar 6 off 3/8″ Dia × 12″ — Atom, Great Britain Atomic Energy Authority, 1972”

    “samples submitted … 12 off Thermistors type 1K3A531 … — BSI test report for shock and vibration testing, 2000”

    “I’d like to re-order those printer cartridges, let’s say 5-off.”

  • Off (verb)

    To kill.

    “He got in the way so I had him offed.”

  • Off (verb)

    To switch off.

    “Can you off the light?”

  • Off (noun)

    Beginning; starting point.

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

  • Off (adverb)

    away 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”

  • Off (adverb)

    away from the main route

    “turn off for Ripon”

  • Off (adverb)

    so as to be removed or separated

    “a section of the runway had been cordoned off”

    “he whipped off his coat”

  • Off (adverb)

    absent; away from work

    “take a day off”

    “he is off on sick leave”

  • Off (adverb)

    starting a journey or race; leaving

    “they’re off!”

    “the gunmen made off on foot”

    “we’re off on holiday tomorrow”

  • Off (adverb)

    so as to bring to an end or be discontinued

    “she broke off her reading to look at her husband”

    “the Christmas party rounded off a hugely successful year”

  • Off (adverb)


    “tell them the wedding’s off”

  • Off (adverb)

    (of an item on a menu) temporarily unavailable

    “strawberries are off”

  • Off (adverb)

    (of an electrical appliance or power supply) not functioning or so as to cease to function

    “the electricity was off for four days”

    “switch the TV off”

  • Off (adverb)

    having access to or possession of material goods or wealth to the extent specified

    “how are you off for money?”

    “we’d been rather badly off for books”

  • Off (adverb)

    (with preceding numeral) denoting a quantity produced at one time.

  • Off (preposition)

    moving away and often down from

    “the coat slipped off his arms”

    “he rolled off the bed”

    “trying to get us off the stage”

  • Off (preposition)

    situated or leading in a direction away from (a main route or intersection)

    “in a little street off Whitehall”

    “single wires leading off the main lines”

  • Off (preposition)

    out at sea from (a place on the coast)

    “six miles off Dunkirk”

    “anchoring off Blue Bay”

  • Off (preposition)

    so as to be removed or separated from

    “they knocked $2,000 off the price”

    “it’s a huge burden off my shoulders”

    “threatening to tear the door off its hinges”

  • Off (preposition)

    absent from

    “I took a couple of days off work”

  • Off (preposition)

    abstaining from

    “he managed to stay off alcohol”

  • Off (preposition)

    having a temporary dislike of

    “he’s running a temperature and he’s off his food”

  • Off (adjective)

    characterized by performing or feeling worse than usual; unsatisfactory or inadequate

    “even the greatest athletes have off days”

  • Off (adjective)


    “I felt decidedly off”

  • Off (adjective)

    (of food) no longer fresh

    “the fish was a bit off”

  • Off (adjective)

    located on the side of a vehicle that is normally furthest from the kerb; offside.

  • Off (adjective)

    annoying or unfair

    “His boss deducted the money from his pay. That was a bit off”

  • Off (adjective)

    unfriendly or hostile

    “there’s no one there except the barmaid, and she’s a bit off”

  • Off (noun)

    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.

  • Off (noun)

    the start of a race, journey, or experience

    “now Ian is ready for the off”

  • Off (verb)


    “supposedly loyal workers suddenly upped and offed to the new firms”

  • Off (verb)

    kill; murder

    “I finally snapped and offed the guy”

Oxford Dictionary

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