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doff

[dof, dawf] /dɒf, dɔf/
verb (used with object)
1.
to remove or take off, as clothing.
2.
to remove or tip (the hat), as in greeting.
3.
to throw off; get rid of:
Doff your stupid ideas and join our side!
4.
Textiles.
  1. to strip (carded fiber) from a carding machine.
  2. to remove (full bobbins, material, etc.) from a textile machine.
noun
5.
Textiles.
  1. the act of removing bobbins, material, etc., and stripping fibers from a textile machine.
  2. the material so doffed.
Origin of doff
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English, contraction of do off; cf. don1
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Examples from the Web for doffing
Historical Examples
  • He bowed to her with a grave courtesy, doffing his hat and casting it upon a chair.

    The Sea-Hawk Raphael Sabatini
  • He rose as she drew nigh, and, doffing his hat, made shift to pass on.

    The Tavern Knight Rafael Sabatini
  • It was as though with the doffing of the motley she had discarded its recollections.

    Under the Rose

    Frederic Stewart Isham
  • "I offer me congratulations," he said, doffing his cap and bowing low.

    Klondike Nuggets E. S. Ellis
  • I could not, were my very life at stake, think of affronting them by not doffing my hat.

    The Disowned, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • The brace of helmsmen, doffing their caps, gave place to the king and his companion.

    A King of Tyre James M. Ludlow
  • There he is, I heard some one cry out, and there was a doffing of hats.

    Twenty Years in Europe Samuel H. M. Byers
  • "Yes," the ventero replied, doffing his hat with a respect mingled with fear.

    The Rebel Chief Gustave Aimard
  • “Good morning, Mr. Merrimac,” greeted Brad, doffing his cap.

  • "Yes, your Excellency; you do me honor," said Ellyson, doffing his cap of maintenance.

    Sir Christopher Maud Wilder Goodwin
British Dictionary definitions for doffing

doff

/dɒf/
verb (transitive)
1.
to take off or lift (one's hat) in salutation
2.
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 doffing

doff

v.

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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