verb (used with object)
- 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|Nico Hines|December 6, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Doff your shirt, and it can make you all-powerful, as it does Shane Carwin of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
There were rumors, too, that nuns might be permitted to doff their habits and move through the world like 'normal' people.
Rank must there doff its hat to genius, which is the case in no other country but the American republic.Paris: With Pen and Pencil|David W. Bartlett
I heard him retorting, as he assisted me to doff my doublet.Bardelys the Magnificent|Rafael Sabatini
An abrupt demand of 162 courtesy urged him to raise his hand to doff his hat in the presence of ladies.What's-His-Name|George Barr McCutcheon
Doubtfire is a misspelling of Dout-fire, from the dialect dout, to extinguish (do out), formed like don and doff.The Romance of Names|Ernest Weekley
"If I cared to doff my doublet I could show you the marks of what your friendship has done for me in the past," said Simon.Sir Nigel|Arthur Conan Doyle
Word Origin 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.