[ wel-awf, -of ]
/ ˈwɛlˈɔf, -ˈɒf /
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.
Well vs. GoodSomeone may have told you you were wrong for saying, I’m good, instead of the more formal I’m well. But is the response I’m good actually incorrect? Not technically. Let’s explore the rules and conventions for these two words. Well is often used as an adverb. Adverbs can modify verbs, adjectives, and other adverbs. Good is most widely used as an adjective, meaning that it can …
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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Idioms and Phrases with 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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