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[dof, dawf] /dɒf, dɔf/
verb (used with object)
to remove or take off, as clothing.
to remove or tip (the hat), as in greeting.
to throw off; get rid of:
Doff your stupid ideas and join our side!
  1. to strip (carded fiber) from a carding machine.
  2. to remove (full bobbins, material, etc.) from a textile machine.
  1. the act of removing bobbins, material, etc., and stripping fibers from a textile machine.
  2. the material so doffed.
Origin of doff
1300-50; Middle English, contraction of do off; cf. don1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for doff
  • He wants to stay on as both army chief and president, despite a pledge last year to doff his uniform.
  • He has pledged to doff his uniform after being re-elected president.
  • Wearing loose, breathable cotton layers to don and doff is always a good strategy.
  • In court, he gets off to a rocky start when he refuses to doff his turban for a white judge.
  • Don and doff appropriate personal protective equipment in contaminated areas.
  • The candidate will then doff their personal protective clothing, making it ready for reuse.
British Dictionary definitions for doff


verb (transitive)
to take off or lift (one's hat) in salutation
to remove (clothing)
Derived Forms
doffer, noun
Word Origin
Old English dōn of; see do1, off; compare don1
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Word Origin and History for doff

mid-14c., contraction of do off, preserving the original sense of do as "put." At the time of Johnson's Dictionary [1755] the word was "obsolete, and rarely used except by rustics," but it was saved from extinction (along with don) by Sir Walter Scott. Related: Doffed; doffing.

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