verb (used with object)
- to remove or take off, as clothing.
- to remove or tip (the hat), as in greeting.
- to throw off; get rid of: Doff your stupid ideas and join our side!
- to strip (carded fiber) from a carding machine.
- to remove (full bobbins, material, etc.) from a textile machine.
- the act of removing bobbins, material, etc., and stripping fibers from a textile machine.
- the material so doffed.
- to take off or lift (one’s hat) in salutation
- to remove (clothing)
mid-14c., contraction of do off, preserving the original sense of do as “put.” At the time of Johnson’s Dictionary  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.