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offing Line breaks: off¦ing
Pronunciation: /ˈɒfɪŋ/

Definition of offing in English:


The more distant part of the sea in view.
Example sentences
  • We came past the island two days later and gave it an offing of over a mile compared to our usual half mile, with nothing to be seen, felt or smelt.


in the offing
Likely to happen or appear soon: there are several initiatives in the offing
More example sentences
  • Now, with Berry's inquiry in the offing, it is likely to resonate with a much wider audience.
  • We could not approach industry for substantive new funding with the minister's initiative in the offing.
  • Now there appears to be a savage credit crunch in the offing, and nobody seems to even notice.


Early 17th century: perhaps from off + -ing1.

Words that rhyme with offing

debriefing • spiffing
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