- 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 doffing
Historical Examples of doffing
He bowed to her with a grave courtesy, doffing his hat and casting it upon a chair.The Sea-Hawk
He rose as she drew nigh, and, doffing his hat, made shift to pass on.The Tavern Knight
It was as though with the doffing of the motley she had discarded its recollections.Under the Rose
Frederic Stewart Isham
"I offer me congratulations," he said, doffing his cap and bowing low.Klondike Nuggets
E. S. Ellis
I could not, were my very life at stake, think of affronting them by not doffing my hat.The Disowned, Complete
- to take off or lift (one's hat) in salutation
- to remove (clothing)
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.