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off-hour

[noun awf-ouuh r, -ou-er, -ouuh r, -ou-er, of-; adjective awf-ouuh r, -ou-er, of-]
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noun
  1. an hour or other period when a person is not at a job: I spend my off-hours reading.
  2. a period outside of rush hours or greatest activity: I travel by subway during the off-hours.
adjective
  1. of, relating to, or during an off-hour: The off-hour traffic will be lighter.

Origin of off-hour

First recorded in 1930–35
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples

  • But notice, in any of these off-hours, what exercise these girls take.

    How to Get Strong and How to Stay So

    William Blaikie

  • But he promised himself at least to take advantage of off-hours.

    Roderick Hudson

    Henry James

  • He was a waiter, like myself—not a bad sort of chap, though a bit of a toff in his off-hours.

  • It was therefore arranged that I should go to him during all the off-hours of my work; and this I did.

  • By this time the Club was well under way; and from that time forth its secretary kept my off-hours well supplied with business.

    Following the Equator, Complete

    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)