verb (used with object)

  1. to remove or take off, as clothing.
  2. to remove or tip (the hat), as in greeting.
  3. to throw off; get rid of: Doff your stupid ideas and join our side!
  4. Textiles.
    1. to strip (carded fiber) from a carding machine.
    2. to remove (full bobbins, material, etc.) from a textile machine.


  1. Textiles.
    1. the act of removing bobbins, material, etc., and stripping fibers from a textile machine.
    2. the material so doffed.

verb (tr)

  1. to take off or lift (one’s hat) in salutation
  2. to remove (clothing)

mid-14c., contraction of do off, preserving the original sense of do as “put.” At the time of Johnson’s Dictionary [1755] the word was “obsolete, and rarely used except by rustics,” but it was saved from extinction (along with don) by Sir Walter Scott. Related: Doffed; doffing.

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