[pey-awf, -of]



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

Origin of payoff

First recorded in 1910–15; noun, adj. use of verb phrase pay off

Synonyms for payoff 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