[ aw-fing, of-ing ]
See synonyms for: offingoffings on

  1. the more distant part of the sea seen from the shore, beyond the anchoring ground.

  2. a position at a distance from shore.

Idioms about offing

  1. in the offing,

    • at a distance but within sight.

    • in the projected future; likely to happen: A wedding is in the offing.

Origin of offing

First recorded in 1620–30; off + -ing1

Words Nearby offing Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use offing in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for offing


/ (ˈɒfɪŋ) /

  1. the part of the sea that can be seen from the shore

  2. in the offing likely to occur soon

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Other Idioms and Phrases with offing


see in the offing.

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