Definition of doff in English:


Syllabification: doff
Pronunciation: /däf, dôf


[with object]
  • 1Remove (an item of clothing): he had doffed tie and jacket and rolled up his shirtsleeves
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    • Modern armed forces uniforms utilize synthetic materials, nonseasonal schemes, and increased informality, doffing the coat and tie for open-collar casualness.
    • Preparing for her moment, Stone doffs the crinkly jacket and sits up even straighter than before.
    • The government's top spokesman turned fashion trendsetter yesterday when he doffed his tie as part of a ‘Cool Biz’ campaign to get men to dress down to save energy.
  • 1.1Take off or raise (one’s hat) as a greeting or token of respect: the manager doffed his hat to her
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    • ‘Good afternoon, sir, nice to see you again,’ the liveried porter smiles and doffs his hat.
    • There was also the whole etiquette of uncovering your head in the presence of your betters and men doffing their hats to ladies and so forth.
    • Every man in the room duly doffed his hat, including the other photographers, much to the approval of the Royal couple and to the dismay of the bare-headed cameramen who were too busy with their hats to attend to their lens-caps.
    take off, remove, strip off, pull off; raise, lift, tip
    dated divest oneself of


late Middle English: contraction of do off. Compare with don2.

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