From Middle English offal (“offal, refuse, scrap waste”), possibly from Old Norse affall (“offal”), or from Middle English of- + fal(l), equivalent to off- + fall. Cognate with Danish affald (“waste, refuse”), Swedish avfall (“waste, refuse”), Dutch afval (“waste, refuse”), German Abfall (“waste, refuse”), Old English offeallan (“to cut off”). More at off, fall.
- (UK) IPA(key): /ˈɒfl̩/
- Rhymes: -ɒfəl
- (US) IPA(key): /ˈɔfl̩/
- (US, cot–caught merger, Canada) IPA(key): /ˈɑfl̩/
- The rejected or waste parts of a butchered animal.
- The internal organs of an animal other than a bird, these organs being used as food.
- A dead body.
- That which is thrown away as worthless or unfit for use; refuse; rubbish.