off-duty

[ awf-doo-tee, -dyoo-, of- ]
/ ˈɔfˈdu ti, -ˈdyu-, ˈɒf- /

adjective

not engaged in the performance of one's usual work: an off-duty police officer.
of, relating to, or during a period when a person is not at work.

Origin of off-duty

First recorded in 1850–55

Definition for off duty (2 of 2)

duty

[ doo-tee, dyoo- ]
/ ˈdu ti, ˈdyu- /

noun, plural du·ties.


Origin of duty

1250–1300; Middle English du(e)te < Anglo-French duete. See due, -ty2

Synonym study

1. Duty, obligation refer to what one feels bound to do. Duty is what one performs, or avoids doing, in fulfillment of the permanent dictates of conscience, piety, right, or law: duty to one's country; one's duty to tell the truth, to raise children properly. An obligation is what one is bound to do to fulfill the dictates of usage, custom, or propriety, and to carry out a particular, specific, and often personal promise or agreement: financial obligations.
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British Dictionary definitions for off duty

duty

/ (ˈdjuːtɪ) /

noun plural -ties


Word Origin for duty

C13: from Anglo-French dueté, from Old French deu due
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Culture definitions for off duty

duty

A tax charged by a government, especially on an import.


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Idioms and Phrases with off duty (1 of 2)

off duty

see under on duty.


Idioms and Phrases with off duty (2 of 2)

duty

In addition to the idiom beginning with duty

  • duty bound

also see:

  • above and beyond (the call of duty)
  • active duty

do one's dutydouble dutyoff dutyon duty.


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