[ uh-feeld ]
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  1. abroad; away from home.

  2. off the beaten path; far and wide: to go afield in one's reading.

  1. off the mark: His criticism was totally afield.

  2. in or to the field or countryside.

  3. 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

Words Nearby afield Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use afield in a sentence

  • They come in wonderful hunting regalia and in all the wonderful splendor of the Britisher when he is afield.

    In Africa | John T. McCutcheon
  • The British officer afield is a very different creature from the gilded ornament of an English mess.

    The Relief of Mafeking | Filson Young
  • But he did know that they met now and then, that Mills seemed to have some curious knowledge of when Bland was far afield.

    The Hidden Places | Bertrand W. Sinclair
  • These were days that forbade Michael to walk afield, and that with haunting, autumnal birdsong held him in a trance.

    Sinister Street, vol. 1 | Compton Mackenzie
  • afield, he was able to pick up propaganda broadcasts from Ceres.

    The Planet Strappers | Raymond Zinke Gallun

British Dictionary definitions for afield


/ (əˈfiːld) /

adverb, adjective(postpositive)
  1. away from one's usual surroundings or home (esp in the phrase far afield)

  2. off the subject; away from the point (esp in the phrase far afield)

  1. in or to the field, esp the battlefield

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