or charge·off

[ chahrj-awf, -of ]
/ ˈtʃɑrdʒˌɔf, -ˌɒf /


a write-off, especially of a bad loan by a bank.

Origin of charge-off

Definition for charge off (2 of 2)

Origin of charge

1175–1225; 1950–55 for def 39; (v.) Middle English chargen < Anglo-French, Old French charg(i)er < Late Latin carricāre to load a wagon, equivalent to carr(us) wagon (see car1) + -icā- v. suffix. + -re infinitive ending; (noun) Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French, noun derivative of the v.
27 See price.
30 onslaught, assault.
32 commission, trust.
33 management.
37 indictment, imputation, allegation.
44 cargo, freight.
Related formscharge·less, adjectiveself-charg·ing, adjective
Can be confusedaccuse allege charge Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for charge off


/ (tʃɑːdʒ) /



Word Origin for charge

C13: from Old French chargier to load, from Late Latin carricāre; see carry
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Science definitions for charge off


[ chärj ]

A fundamental property of the elementary particles of which matter is made that gives rise to attractive and repulsive forces. There are two kinds of charge: color charge and electric charge. See more at color charge electric charge.
The amount of electric charge contained in an object, particle, or region of space.
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Idioms and Phrases with charge off (1 of 2)

charge off


Hurriedly depart, run away, as in After a few minutes, she charged off to the next exhibit. This term alludes to the military meaning of charge, “attack impetuously.” [Early 1500s]


Also, charge against. Consider or count as an accounting loss or expense, as in I'm charging off this purchase to overhead, or Let's charge the new computer against office supplies. [Late 1800s] Also see write off.


Attribute to, blame something for, as in We can charge off these errors to inexperience.

Idioms and Phrases with charge off (2 of 2)


In addition to the idioms beginning with charge

  • charge off
  • charge up
  • charge with

also see:

  • carrying charge
  • get a bang (charge) out of
  • in charge
  • in charge of
  • take charge
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