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doff

[dof, dawf] /dɒf, dɔf/
verb (used with object)
1.
to remove or take off, as clothing.
2.
to remove or tip (the hat), as in greeting.
3.
to throw off; get rid of:
Doff your stupid ideas and join our side!
4.
Textiles.
  1. to strip (carded fiber) from a carding machine.
  2. to remove (full bobbins, material, etc.) from a textile machine.
noun
5.
Textiles.
  1. the act of removing bobbins, material, etc., and stripping fibers from a textile machine.
  2. the material so doffed.
Origin of doff
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English, contraction of do off; cf. don1
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  • But his was not the nature of Epaminondas, to doff his natural supereminence and sweep the streets.

    The Brothers' War John Calvin Reed
  • Without rising, Zuchin asked me to have some vodka and to doff my tunic.

    Youth Leo Tolstoy
  • How reverently do they help her doff her little cloak of silk and lace!

    Prose Fancies (Second Series) Richard Le Gallienne
  • The soul must doff her close-clinging habits of prejudiced thought.

    Java, Facts and Fancies Augusta de Wit
  • Yes, and, when I hear the name of this enthusiast, I doff my hat.

    Cyrano de Bergerac Edmond Rostand
  • The deputy, who until now had forgotten or neglected to doff his hat, did so.

    Ahead of the Show Fred Thorpe
  • That's reet; naa then, doff that coite, and hev a soup o' tay.

    Lancashire Idylls (1898) Marshall Mather
British Dictionary definitions for doff

doff

/dɒf/
verb (transitive)
1.
to take off or lift (one's hat) in salutation
2.
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
v.

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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