[wel-awf, -of]


having sufficient money for comfortable living; well-to-do.
in a satisfactory, favorable, or good position or condition: If you have your health, you are well-off.

Nearby words

  1. well-merited,
  2. well-met,
  3. well-mixed,
  4. well-motivated,
  5. well-nigh,
  6. well-oiled,
  7. well-ordered,
  8. well-ordered set,
  9. well-ordering theorem,
  10. well-organized

Origin of well-off

First recorded in 1725–35

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British Dictionary definitions for well off


adjective (well off when postpositive)

in a comfortable or favourable position or state
financially well provided for; moderately rich
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Word Origin and History for well off



1733, "comfortable," from well (adv.) + off. Meaning "prosperous, not poor" is recorded from 1849.

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Idioms and Phrases with well off

well off

In fortunate circumstances, especially wealthy or prosperous, as in They're quite well off now. This phrase may be a shortening of come well off, that is, “emerge in good circumstances.” [First half of 1600s]

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