- abroad; away from home.
- off the beaten path; far and wide: to go afield in one’s reading.
- off the mark: His criticism was totally afield.
- in or to the field or countryside.
- beyond the range or field of one’s experience, knowledge, acquaintanceship, etc.: a philosophy far afield of previous philosophical thought.
adverb, adjective (postpositive)
- away from one’s usual surroundings or home (esp in the phrase far afield)
- off the subject; away from the point (esp in the phrase far afield)
- in or to the field, esp the battlefield
1590s, contraction of Middle English in felde, from Old English on felda “in the field” (especially of battle), from a- “on” (see a- (1)) + field (n.). Meaning “away from home” is attested by early 15c.