- to remove or take off, as clothing.
- to remove or tip (the hat), as in greeting.
- to throw off; get rid of: Doff your stupid ideas and join our side!
- to strip (carded fiber) from a carding machine.
- to remove (full bobbins, material, etc.) from a textile machine.
- the act of removing bobbins, material, etc., and stripping fibers from a textile machine.
- the material so doffed.
Origin of doff
Examples from the Web for doff
Ivory Coast is “The Elephants,” Nigeria “The Super Eagles,” but doff your cap to Cameroon: “The Indomitable Lions.”Inside the World Cup Draw: Devastating for the U.S., Great for Brazil
December 6, 2013
Doff your shirt, and it can make you all-powerful, as it does Shane Carwin of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.What Does a Goatee Say About You?
November 12, 2009
There were rumors, too, that nuns might be permitted to doff their habits and move through the world like 'normal' people.We Miserable Catholics
December 19, 2008
I heard him retorting, as he assisted me to doff my doublet.Bardelys the Magnificent
Presently you may doff it for all time, and resume your true estate.The Shame of Motley
In the fields, the corn-gatherers pause to doff their hats and smile their welcome.Plantation Sketches
And she began at once to talk of the puppies, whom she had named Don and Doff.Beyond
Without rising, Zuchin asked me to have some vodka and to doff my tunic.Youth
- to take off or lift (one's hat) in salutation
- to remove (clothing)
Word Origin and History for doff
mid-14c., contraction of do off, preserving the original sense of do as "put." At the time of Johnson's Dictionary  the word was "obsolete, and rarely used except by rustics," but it was saved from extinction (along with don) by Sir Walter Scott. Related: Doffed; doffing.