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[uh-feeld] /əˈfild/
abroad; away from home.
off the beaten path; far and wide:
to go afield in one's reading.
off the mark:
His criticism was totally afield.
in or to the field or countryside.
beyond the range or field of one's experience, knowledge, acquaintanceship, etc.:
a philosophy far afield of previous philosophical thought.
Origin of afield
before 1000; Middle English afelde, Old English on felda. See a-1, field Unabridged
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  • Last summer wheat was growing a kickoff distance afield of my door.
  • As the population expands, the animals tend to wander farther afield.
  • It's one of the fastest games afield, and it's not for the faint of heart.
  • Humans have been weaving commercial and cultural connections since before the first camel caravan ventured afield.
  • But its real significance, some would say, lies slightly afield.
  • As he got older, he wandered farther afield, on foot or by bike.
  • But you have to go pretty far afield to find something people would call abnormal these days.
  • Consumers want their customary sort, not an unfamiliar rice from far afield.
  • But look further afield and the affinity between open politics and open markets seems clear.
  • But to compete on the world stage they must also attract talent from farther afield.
British Dictionary definitions for afield


adverb, adjective (postpositive)
away from one's usual surroundings or home (esp in the phrase far afield)
off the subject; away from the point (esp in the phrase far afield)
in or to the field, esp the battlefield
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Word Origin and History for afield

1590s, contraction of Middle English in felde, from Old English on felda "in the field" (especially of battle), from a- "on" (see a- (1)) + field (n.). Meaning "away from home" is attested by early 15c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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