Definition of doff in English:

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Pronunciation: /dɒf/


[with object]
1Remove (an item of clothing).
1.1Take off or raise (one’s hat) as a greeting or token of respect: the manager doffed his hat to her
More example sentences
  • ‘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.


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

  • To doff, ‘to remove an item of clothing, especially a hat’, is a contraction of do off. It has an exact parallel in don, ‘to put on’, which was originally do on. Both forms date from the late Middle Ages.

Words that rhyme with doff

boff, cough, far-off, off, quaff, roll-on roll-off, scoff, telling-off, toff, trough

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