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afield

[uh-feeld] /əˈfild/
adverb
1.
abroad; away from home.
2.
off the beaten path; far and wide:
to go afield in one's reading.
3.
off the mark:
His criticism was totally afield.
4.
in or to the field or countryside.
5.
beyond the range or field of one's experience, knowledge, acquaintanceship, etc.:
a philosophy far afield of previous philosophical thought.
Origin of afield
1000
before 1000; Middle English afelde, Old English on felda. See a-1, field
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  • Old Wally was afield too; but, so far as I could read from the woods' record, he fared no better than I on the trail of the buck.

    Secret of the Woods William J. Long
  • But then it must be remembered that it was the early summer, and the troops were all afield.

    A Wounded Name Charles King
  • It is wonderful when a man is afield with a man companion who understands both him and the woods.

    The Cassowary Stanley Waterloo
  • Mr. Kincaid and Bobby were often afield on the beech ridges.

    The Adventures of Bobby Orde Stewart Edward White
  • He would take me with him afield to carry the game bag, and I was the only one of many grandchildren to be named in his will.

    Marse Henry (Vol. 2) Henry Watterson
  • I have been afield all my life and have never owned or used a camera.

    Summer Dallas Lore Sharp
  • Are you going to send me afield still further to some man whom you have taken up in Phrygia or fair Meonia?

    The Iliad Homer
  • On the following morning the preacher-plowman was afield at break of day.

    The Redemption of David Corson Charles Frederic Goss
British Dictionary definitions for afield

afield

/əˈfiːld/
adverb, adjective (postpositive)
1.
away from one's usual surroundings or home (esp in the phrase far afield)
2.
off the subject; away from the point (esp in the phrase far afield)
3.
in or to the field, esp the battlefield
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Word Origin and History for afield
adv.

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.

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