[bet-er-awf, -of]


being in better circumstances, especially economically: Only the better-off nations can afford to send probes into space.

Origin of better-off

First recorded in 1860–65 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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  • The poor could work their way, driving cattle for the better-off.

    The Last American Frontier

    Frederic L. (Frederic Logan) Paxson

  • And how the better-off among them pity their weaker brethren!

    Ghetto Tragedies

    Israel Zangwill

  • I found on lately revisiting Anjou, and in the Berri, that the better-off peasants are building houses with upper bedrooms.

    The Roof of France

    Matilda Betham-Edwards

  • The better-off purchase strong, unbleached goods of local manufacture.

    In the Heart of Vosges

    Matilda Betham-Edwards

  • But the better-off people sent persons into the Upper House who were against it.