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[dof, dawf] /dɒf, dɔf/
verb (used with object)
to remove or take off, as clothing.
to remove or tip (the hat), as in greeting.
to throw off; get rid of:
Doff your stupid ideas and join our side!
  1. to strip (carded fiber) from a carding machine.
  2. to remove (full bobbins, material, etc.) from a textile machine.
  1. the act of removing bobbins, material, etc., and stripping fibers from a textile machine.
  2. the material so doffed.
Origin of doff
1300-50; Middle English, contraction of do off; cf. don1 Unabridged
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  • I heard him retorting, as he assisted me to doff my doublet.

    Bardelys the Magnificent Rafael Sabatini
  • Presently you may doff it for all time, and resume your true estate.

    The Shame of Motley Raphael Sabatini
  • In the fields, the corn-gatherers pause to doff their hats and smile their welcome.

    Plantation Sketches Margaret Devereux
  • And she began at once to talk of the puppies, whom she had named Don and doff.

    Beyond John Galsworthy
  • Without rising, Zuchin asked me to have some vodka and to doff my tunic.

    Youth Leo Tolstoy
  • Kirby did not have a hat to doff, but his bow in the saddle was as graceful as Drew's.

    Ride Proud, Rebel! Andre Alice Norton
  • They expect some of the neighbours to drink tea, and I must doff my fishing-jacket.

    Lucretia, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
British Dictionary definitions for doff


verb (transitive)
to take off or lift (one's hat) in salutation
to remove (clothing)
Derived Forms
doffer, noun
Word Origin
Old English dōn of; see do1, off; compare don1
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Word Origin and History for doff

mid-14c., contraction of do off, preserving the original sense of do as "put." At the time of Johnson's Dictionary [1755] the word was "obsolete, and rarely used except by rustics," but it was saved from extinction (along with don) by Sir Walter Scott. Related: Doffed; doffing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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