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well-off

[wel-awf, -of] /ˈwɛlˈɔf, -ˈɒf/
adjective
1.
having sufficient money for comfortable living; well-to-do.
2.
in a satisfactory, favorable, or good position or condition:
If you have your health, you are well-off.
Origin of well-off
1725-1735
First recorded in 1725-35
Synonyms
1. prosperous, wealthy, affluent, comfortable.
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  • I suppose poor relations are boring if you're well-off yourself.

    Jan and Her Job L. Allen Harker
  • Her folks was well-off and she was brought up in cotton wool, as you might say.

    Fair Harbor

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • It is just as applicable, I believe, to the educated and the well-off.

  • They will have a young, well-off man instead of an old, poor man.

    The Curate in Charge Margaret Oliphant
  • Being the only well-off member of her family, she was expected to do this sort of thing.

    A Likely Story William De Morgan
British Dictionary definitions for well-off

well-off

adjective (well off when postpositive)
1.
in a comfortable or favourable position or state
2.
financially well provided for; moderately rich
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Word Origin and History for well-off
adj.

1733, "comfortable," from well (adv.) + off. Meaning "prosperous, not poor" is recorded from 1849.

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