[ aw-fuh l, of-uh l ]
/ ˈɔ fəl, ˈɒf əl /


the parts of a butchered animal that are considered inedible by human beings; carrion.
the parts of a butchered animal removed in dressing; viscera.
refuse; rubbish; garbage.

Origin of offal

1350–1400; Middle English, equivalent to of off + fal fall; compare Dutch afval

Can be confused

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British Dictionary definitions for offal


/ (ˈɒfəl) /


the edible internal parts of an animal, such as the heart, liver, and tongue
dead or decomposing organic matter
refuse; rubbish

Word Origin for offal

C14: from off + fall, referring to parts fallen or cut off; compare German Abfall rubbish
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