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[uh-feeld] /əˈfild/
abroad; away from home.
off the beaten path; far and wide:
to go afield in one's reading.
off the mark:
His criticism was totally afield.
in or to the field or countryside.
beyond the range or field of one's experience, knowledge, acquaintanceship, etc.:
a philosophy far afield of previous philosophical thought.
Origin of afield
before 1000; Middle English afelde, Old English on felda. See a-1, field Unabridged
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  • But then it must be remembered that it was the early summer, and the troops were all afield.

    A Wounded Name Charles King
  • Mostly, now, during the long grind of expansion, he was afield.

    The Planet Strappers Raymond Zinke Gallun
  • afield, you avoided beam communication, nowadays, whenever you could.

    The Planet Strappers Raymond Zinke Gallun
  • afield, he was able to pick up propaganda broadcasts from Ceres.

    The Planet Strappers Raymond Zinke Gallun
  • More of this when I am afield and have my list, which Dolby (for Chappell) is now preparing.

  • Mr. Kincaid and Bobby were often afield on the beech ridges.

    The Adventures of Bobby Orde Stewart Edward White
  • I have been afield all my life and have never owned or used a camera.

    Summer Dallas Lore Sharp
  • I've been afield with many young men, soldiers and the like.

    The Hive

    Will Levington Comfort
British Dictionary definitions for afield


adverb, adjective (postpositive)
away from one's usual surroundings or home (esp in the phrase far afield)
off the subject; away from the point (esp in the phrase far afield)
in or to the field, esp the battlefield
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Word Origin and History for afield

1590s, contraction of Middle English in felde, from Old English on felda "in the field" (especially of battle), from a- "on" (see a- (1)) + field (n.). Meaning "away from home" is attested by early 15c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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