- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /dɒf/
- (General American) IPA(key): /dɔf/
- (US, cot–caught merger) IPA(key): /dɑf/
- Rhymes: -ɒf
- (clothing) To remove or take off, especially of clothing.
- And made us doff our easy robes of peace.
- At night, or in the rain, / He dons a surcoat which he doffs at morn.
- To remove or tip a hat, as in greeting, salutation or as a mark of respect.
- The rustics doffed their hats at the clergy.
- To get rid of, to throw off.
- Doff that stupid idea: it would never work.
1778, Charles Dibdin, The Perfect Sailor:
- Thus Death, who kings and tars despatches, / In vain Tom's life has doffed, / For, though his body's under hatches / His soul has gone aloft.
- (reflexive) To strip; to divest; to undress.
- Heaven's King, who doffs himself our flesh to wear.
- (remove clothing): take off
- (remove or take off clothing): don
to remove or take off, especially of clothing
to remove or tip a hat, as in greeting, salutation or as a mark of respect