[ dof, dawf ]
/ dɒf, dɔf /
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verb (used with object)
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.
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Origin of doff
1300–50; Middle English, contraction of do off;cf. don1
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How to use doff in a sentence
Before replying, I sought to comply with the conventionalities of the occasion by doffing my hat.Fibble, D. D.|Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb
"Yes, your Excellency; you do me honor," said Ellyson, doffing his cap of maintenance.Sir Christopher|Maud Wilder Goodwin
He must be watched for the present from getting up to doffing his shirt again.Back o' the Moon|Oliver Onions
Wulf asked, as the boy, doffing his cap, stood before him with an air of extreme humility.Wulf the Saxon|G. A. Henty
"'Tis a priest speaks to me, as I hear," said the man, doffing his cap in the direction of the voice and laughing gently.A King's Comrade|Charles Whistler
British Dictionary definitions for doff
/ (dɒf) /
to take off or lift (one's hat) in salutation
to remove (clothing)
Derived forms of doffdoffer, noun
Word Origin for doff
Old English dōn of; see do 1, off; compare don 1
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