off etymology

English word off comes from Proto-Indo-European *h₂epó (Off, away, from.), Proto-Indo-European *h₂pó (Off, away, from.)

Detailed word origin of off

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*h₂epó Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) Off, away, from.
*h₂pó Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) Off, away, from.
*ab Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) Away Away from.
æf Old English (ang) Of.
of Middle English (enm)
off English (eng) (cricket) In, or towards the half of the field away from the batsman's legs; the right side for a right-handed batsman.. (of a dish on a menu) presently unavailable. Circumstanced (as in well off, better off, poorly off).. Designating a time when one is not strictly attentive to business or affairs, or is absent from a post, and, hence, a time when affairs are not urgent.. Far; off to the [...]

Words with the same origin as off

Descendants of *h₂epó
a abdomen abduction abort abortion absence absent absolute absurd abuse ad advance advanced advantage after afternoon afterwards apocalypse apology appearance of offer sense sensor
Descendants of *h₂pó
aboard according accused add affair agree agreement alien appear approach around arrive aside asleep attempt attention available huge position positive post purpose round size suppose