- abroad; away from home.
- off the beaten path; far and wide: to go afield in one's reading.
- off the mark: His criticism was totally afield.
- in or to the field or countryside.
- beyond the range or field of one's experience, knowledge, acquaintanceship, etc.: a philosophy far afield of previous philosophical thought.
Origin of afield
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Examples from the Web for afield
Afield said no one knows why Julie Schenecker killed her children, except Julie Schenecker.
If Julie Schenecker is mentally ill, an insanity defense will be difficult for her to prove, Afield said.
But then it must be remembered that it was the early summer, and the troops were all afield.A Wounded Name
Afield, he was able to pick up propaganda broadcasts from Ceres.
Afield, you avoided beam communication, nowadays, whenever you could.
Mostly, now, during the long grind of expansion, he was afield.
More of this when I am afield and have my list, which Dolby (for Chappell) is now preparing.The Letters of Charles Dickens
- away from one's usual surroundings or home (esp in the phrase far afield)
- off the subject; away from the point (esp in the phrase far afield)
- in or to the field, esp the battlefield
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Word Origin and History for afield
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