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[aw-fuh l, of-uh l]
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  1. the parts of a butchered animal that are considered inedible by human beings; carrion.
  2. the parts of a butchered animal removed in dressing; viscera.
  3. refuse; rubbish; garbage.
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Origin of offal

1350–1400; Middle English, equivalent to of off + fal fall; compare Dutch afval
Can be confusedawful awesome offal (see usage note at awful)
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Related Words for offal

refuse, trash, remains, junk, carrion, debris, rubbish, waste, leaving

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British Dictionary definitions for offal


  1. the edible internal parts of an animal, such as the heart, liver, and tongue
  2. dead or decomposing organic matter
  3. refuse; rubbish
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Word Origin for offal

C14: from off + fall, referring to parts fallen or cut off; compare German Abfall rubbish
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Word Origin and History for offal


late 14c., "waste parts, refuse," from off + fall (v.); the notion being that which "falls off" the butcher's block; perhaps a translation of Middle Dutch afval.

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