[ awf-shoot, of- ]
/ ˈɔfˌʃut, ˈɒf- /


a branch or lateral shoot from a main stem, as of a plant.
anything conceived of as springing or proceeding from a main stock: an offshoot of a discussion.
a branch, descendant, or scion of a specific population or family.

Nearby words

  1. offscourings,
  2. offscreen,
  3. offset,
  4. offset lithography,
  5. offset printing,
  6. offshore,
  7. offshore dock,
  8. offshore drilling,
  9. offshoreman,
  10. offshoring

Origin of offshoot

First recorded in 1665–75; off + shoot1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for offshoot


/ (ˈɒfˌʃuːt) /


a shoot or branch growing from the main stem of a plant
something that develops or derives from a principal source or origin
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Word Origin and History for offshoot



1670s, in figurative sense, of family trees; 1801 in general sense of "a derivative;" 1814 in literal sense, in reference to plants. From off + shoot (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper