[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.

Origin of well-off

First recorded in 1725–35

Synonyms for well-off

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Contemporary Examples of well-off

Historical Examples of well-off

  • I suppose poor relations are boring if you're well-off yourself.

    Jan and Her Job

    L. Allen Harker

  • Her folks was well-off and she was brought up in cotton wool, as you might say.

    Fair Harbor

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln

  • It is just as applicable, I believe, to the educated and the well-off.

  • They will have a young, well-off man instead of an old, poor man.

    The Curate in Charge

    Margaret Oliphant

  • Being the only well-off member of her family, she was expected to do this sort of thing.

    A Likely Story

    William De Morgan

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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