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


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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for off-duty

Contemporary Examples of off-duty

Historical Examples of off-duty

  • On off-duty days Pierre is my gardener at eleven sous an hour.

    A Village of Vagabonds

    F. Berkeley Smith

  • In his spells of off-duty Branscombe was a regular book-worm.

  • Twelve hours a day, from seven to seven, with the off-duty intermission, Sidney labored at tasks which revolted her soul.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • She took her anxieties out walking several times on her off-duty, but nothing seemed to come of it.

    Love Stories

    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • As the off-duty man stumbled out of the wheelhouse, the skipper also turned to leave.

Word Origin and History for off-duty

1743, from off (adv.) + duty.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper