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.