[ awf-doo-tee, -dyoo-, of- ]

  1. not engaged in the performance of one's usual work: an off-duty police officer.

  2. of, relating to, or during a period when a person is not at work.

Origin of off-duty

First recorded in 1850–55 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use off-duty in a sentence

  • She enjoyed her work in Egypt, and found many opportunities for interesting expeditions in her off-duty time.

    A Patriotic Schoolgirl | Angela Brazil
  • At last Tabs saw how she looked in her off-duty moments, when she wasn't occupied with being respectful.

    The Kingdom Round the Corner | Coningsby Dawson
  • I'm just going off-duty now, ma'm; the night shift came on about ten minutes ago, at six o'clock.

    Joan Thursday | Louis Joseph Vance
  • It took all the off-duty men from six precincts to handle the last riot.

    A Matter of Importance | William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • Mac came into the half-ruined dugout where the off-duty machine gunners were making tea over a fire of splintered logs.

    Kitchener's Mob | James Norman Hall

Other Idioms and Phrases with off-duty


see under on duty.

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