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

before 1000; Middle English afelde, Old English on felda. See a-1, field Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for afield

astray, amiss

Examples from the Web for afield

Contemporary Examples of afield

Historical Examples of afield

  • But then it must be remembered that it was the early summer, and the troops were all afield.

    A Wounded Name

    Charles King

  • Afield, he was able to pick up propaganda broadcasts from Ceres.

    The Planet Strappers

    Raymond Zinke Gallun

  • Afield, you avoided beam communication, nowadays, whenever you could.

    The Planet Strappers

    Raymond Zinke Gallun

  • Mostly, now, during the long grind of expansion, he was afield.

    The Planet Strappers

    Raymond Zinke Gallun

  • More of this when I am afield and have my list, which Dolby (for Chappell) is now preparing.

British Dictionary definitions for afield


adverb, adjective (postpositive)

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

1590s, contraction of Middle English in felde, from Old English on felda "in the field" (especially of battle), from a- "on" (see a- (1)) + field (n.). Meaning "away from home" is attested by early 15c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper