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[wel-awf, -of] /ˈwɛlˈɔf, -ˈɒf/
having sufficient money for comfortable living; well-to-do.
in a satisfactory, favorable, or good position or condition:
If you have your health, you are well-off.
Origin of well-off
1. prosperous, wealthy, affluent, comfortable. Unabridged
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  • And, there are plenty of students who are well-off who should nonetheless not be pushed into college.
  • But especially where elite colleges are concerned, students from well-off families have a big advantage.
  • And some well-off car buyers are willing to pay a premium for an environmentally friendly ride.
  • Dumping on the president is a popular pastime among the circles of the well-off.
  • People are not as well-off, so it's harder to turn a profit.
  • well-off couples marry more often and divorce less often than those who are broke.
  • With discretion and sumptuousness, residences away from home cater to the well-off.
  • But proximity seems to be teaching well-off cariocas that abandonment is no solution for poverty and violence.
  • well-off people behave in a way their parents would find unimaginable, buying homes and cars not by saving up but by borrowing.
  • About half of its discretionary expenditure goes on fuel, electricity and other subsidies, which tend to benefit the well-off.
British Dictionary definitions for well-off


adjective (well off when postpositive)
in a comfortable or favourable position or state
financially well provided for; moderately rich
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Word Origin and History for well-off

1733, "comfortable," from well (adv.) + off. Meaning "prosperous, not poor" is recorded from 1849.

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