[ pey-awf, -of ]
/ ˈpeɪˌɔf, -ˌɒf /



yielding results, especially rewarding or decisive results: The payoff play was the long pass into the end zone.

Nearby words

  1. payment bond,
  2. payment by results,
  3. payne,
  4. payne operation,
  5. paynim,
  6. payola,
  7. payor,
  8. payout,
  9. payout ratio,
  10. paypal

Origin of payoff

First recorded in 1910–15; noun, adj. use of verb phrase pay off Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for payoff



also pay-off, 1905, "winnings from gambling," from pay (v.) + off. Meaning "graft, bribes" first attested 1930. Phrase to pay off "be profitable" is first recorded 1937.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper