[ dof, dawf ]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to remove or take off, as clothing.

  2. to remove or tip (the hat), as in greeting.

  1. to throw off; get rid of: Doff your stupid ideas and join our side!

  2. Textiles.

    • to strip (carded fiber) from a carding machine.

    • to remove (full bobbins, material, etc.) from a textile machine.

  1. Textiles.

    • the act of removing bobbins, material, etc., and stripping fibers from a textile machine.

    • the material so doffed.

Origin of doff

1300–50; Middle English, contraction of do off;cf. don1

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

How to use doff in a sentence

  • Daniel was obliged to doff his black coat and put on a blue one, made for a much smaller man, and then he appeared amongst us.

  • The task is now 12 doffs a day—each doff requiring a change of 208 bobbins.

    Making Both Ends Meet | Sue Ainslie Clark and Edith Wyatt
  • Then, when it came my turn, I would doff my hat to the earth and beg pardon for continuing a comparatively futile existence.

    The O'Ruddy | Stephen Crane
  • With cheers of relief we were permitted to doff our bulky life belts.

    Company B, 307th Infantry | Julius Klausner

British Dictionary definitions for doff


/ (dɒf) /

  1. to take off or lift (one's hat) in salutation

  2. to remove (clothing)

Origin of doff

Old English dōn of; see do 1, off; compare don 1

Derived forms of doff

  • doffer, noun

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