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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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  • This he did cheerfully, doffing his sunbonnet with courtly grace when he met ladies of his acquaintance.

    Anne Of The Island Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • There he is, I heard some one cry out, and there was a doffing of hats.

    Twenty Years in Europe Samuel H. M. Byers
  • The brace of helmsmen, doffing their caps, gave place to the king and his companion.

    A King of Tyre James M. Ludlow
  • "Yes," the ventero replied, doffing his hat with a respect mingled with fear.

    The Rebel Chief Gustave Aimard
  • Robin lost no time in doffing his green jerkin and hose, and then he washed himself and eagerly essayed his new habiliments.

    Robin Hood Paul Creswick
  • “Good morning, Mr. Merrimac,” greeted Brad, doffing his cap.

  • But how simple it would be if we could relax the tension by doffing our ill-fitting corsets and collars.

    Vocal Expression Katherine Jewell Everts
  • "Yes, your Excellency; you do me honor," said Ellyson, doffing his cap of maintenance.

    Sir Christopher Maud Wilder Goodwin
  • Geoffrey Ward had hitherto stood at the foot of the steps leading to the royal pavilion, but doffing his cap he now ascended.

  • doffing their hats, the men entered the long, barn-like room.

    Carmen Ariza Charles Francis Stocking
British Dictionary definitions for doffing


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 doffing



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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