• Doff


    • Rhymes: -É’f


    From Middle English doffe, dof, equivalent to a dooff. Compare don, dup, dout, gauf.

    Full definition of doff


    1. (clothing) to remove or take off, especially of clothing
      • ShakespeareAnd made us doff our easy robes of peace.
      • EmersonAt night, or in the rain,
        He dons a surcoat which he doffs at morn.
      • 1960, P. G. Wodehouse, Jeeves in the Offing, She had doffed the shirt and Bermuda-shorts which she had been wearing and was now dressed for her journey home.
    2. to remove or tip a hat, as in greeting, salutation or as a mark of respectThe rustics doffed their hats at the clergy.
    3. to get rid of, to throw offDoff that stupid idea: it would never work.
    4. (reflexive) To strip; to divest; to undress.
      • CrashawHeaven's King, who doffs himself our flesh to wear.


    • (remove or take off clothing) don

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