[send-awf, -of]


a demonstration of good wishes for a person setting out on a trip, career, or other venture: They gave him a rousing send-off at the pier.
a start given to a person or thing.

Nearby words

  1. send out,
  2. send round,
  3. send someone about his or her business,
  4. send someone packing,
  5. send up,
  6. send-up,
  7. sendai,
  8. sendai virus,
  9. sendak,
  10. sendak, maurice bernard

Origin of send-off

1855–60, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase send off Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for send-off



"a farewell" (especially a funeral), 1872, from verbal phrase (attested by 1660s), from send (v.) + off (adv.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper