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 doffing
"I was on the lookout for you," he said, doffing his hat and bowing.The Hills of Refuge|Will N. Harben
"General Gomez, bless him," answered O'Connor, doffing his sombrero to an imaginary presence.A Voyage with Captain Dynamite|Charles Edward Rich
"Yes," the ventero replied, doffing his hat with a respect mingled with fear.The Rebel Chief|Gustave Aimard
The brace of helmsmen, doffing their caps, gave place to the king and his companion.A King of Tyre|James M. Ludlow
A patent locking device secures the cone in its proper working position, after doffing, preventing all movement or vibration.Illustrated Catalogue of Cotton Machinery|Howard & Bullough American Machine Company, Ltd.
British Dictionary definitions for doffing
Word Origin for doff
Word Origin and History for doffing
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.