Little off meaning

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bit off

a bit off

1. Sickly, unwell, or out of sorts, either physically or mentally. You seem a bit off, Jim. Are you feeling all right?That dog on the corner looks a bit off. I think we should walk another way home.

2. Somewhat strange, incorrect, inaccurate, or substandard. A: "The rest of your portrait is coming along really well, but the hands look a bit off." B: "I know, hands are just so hard to draw!"The gameplay is great, but the graphics on the characters' faces are a bit off.

3. Of food, spoiled or rotten. These chicken breasts smell a bit off—I think we should throw them out.

See also: bit, off

bite off

To use the teeth to pull off something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "bite" and "off." We had to take the dog to the vet after he bit off and ate a piece of a questionable-looking plant.Once the lollipop was soft enough, I bit it off the stick

See also: bite, off

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*bit off

 and *little off

a little crazy; a little out of whack. (*Typically: be ~; find someone ~.) This guy's a little off, but he is harmless.

See also: bit, off

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to be a little off definition, to be a little off meaning | English Cobuild





1    det  You use little   to indicate that there is only a very small amount of something. You can use `so', `too', and `very' in front of little  .      
DET n-uncount  
I had little money and little free time..., I find that I need very little sleep these days..., There is little doubt that a diet high in fibre is more satisfying..., So far little progress has been made towards ending the fighting...    
    Little is also a quantifier., quant  QUANT of def-n    (Antonym: much)   Little of the existing housing is of good enough quality...    
    Little is also a pronoun., pron  
In general, employers do little to help the single working mother..., Little is known about his childhood.    

2    adv  Little means not very often or to only a small extent.  
ADV with v  
On their way back to Marseille they spoke very little...    

3    det  A little of something is a small amount of it, but not very much. You can also say a very little.  
DET n-uncount  
Mrs Caan needs a little help getting her groceries home..., A little food would do us all some good..., I shall be only a very little time.    
    Little is also a pronoun., pron  
They get paid for it. Not much. Just a little.    
    Little is also a quantifier., quant  QUANT of def-n-uncount/sing  
Pour a little of the sauce over the chicken..., I'm sure she won't mind sparing us a little of her time.    

4    adv  If you do something a little, you do it for a short time.  
ADV after v  
He walked a little by himself in the garden.    

5    adv  A little or a little bit means to a small extent or degree.  
ADV after v, ADV adj/adv  
He complained a little of a nagging pain between his shoulder blades..., He was a little bit afraid of his father's reaction..., If you have to drive when you are tired, go a little more slowly than you would normally...    

6  If something happens little by little, it happens very gradually.  
little by little    phrase  PHR with cl   (=gradually)  
In the beginning he had felt well, but little by little he was becoming weaker...    

  • tobe a tool  exp. to be unable to think for oneself

    used in a condescending way

  • tobe left floundering  exp. to be left in a state of confusion or uncertainty
  • tobe set to do something  exp. to be likely to do something

    banks set to miss lending targets

  • tobe taken into care  n. [child] to be sent to a care organization run by the social services, or to be looked after by foster parents
  • go missing  v. to be lost

    he went missing my dog went missing for three days

  • Ein Hammer sein  exp. to be staggering

    Das ist ein Hammer!

  • be a wuss  exp. not to be able to act like a man, be a pussy


  • visible  adj. able to be seen

    Ex.: the car in front of us was visible because we had the lights on

  • be a prick  exp. be stupid

    expression used when someone becomes irritating

  • Overcome  n. To surmount, to be victorious
  • be a prick  exp. Slang expression meaning one being annoying.

    "You`re a prick when you ask those questions."

  • be a pussy  exp. behave in a manner that is commonly considered as specific to women

    it is used most frequently when referring to men who show lack of courage or an excessive shyness or sensitivity. E.g Don't be a pussy; You're such a pussy

  • grow a pair  exp. be a man


  • gutsy  adj. to be gutsy means to have guts

    to be gutsy: avoir du cran

  • incommiscible  adj. not able to be mixed or combined
  • burst at the seams  v. to be filled beyond regular capacity; a garment like trousers you're wearing and bursting at the seams (whether because they shrank in the wash or you gained weight) would be a perfect literal example of this idiom and figuratively, it means: to be beyond full.

    The initially intimate celebration Forrest had organised was soon flooded with unexpected guests; his small house burst at the seams and ended up getting wildly trashed


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so as to be no longer supported or attached: This button is about to come off.

so as to be no longer covering or enclosing: to take a hat off;to take the wrapping off.

away from a place: to run off;to look off toward the west.

away from a path, course, etc.; aside: This road branches off to Grove City.

so as to be away or on one's way: to start off early;to cast off.

away from what is considered normal, regular, standard, or the like: to go off on a tangent.

from a charge or price: He took 10 percent off for all cash purchases.

at a distance in space or future time: to back off a few feet;Summer is only a week off.

out of operation or effective existence: Turn the lights off.

into operation or action: The alarm goes off at noon.

so as to interrupt continuity or cause discontinuance: Negotiations have been broken off.

in absence from work, service, a job, etc.: two days off at Christmas.

completely; utterly: to kill off all the inhabitants.

with prompt or ready performance: to dash a letter off.

to fulfillment, or into execution or effect: The contest came off on the appointed day.

into nonexistence or nothingness: My headache passed off soon.

so as to be delineated, divided, or apportioned: Mark it off into equal parts.

away from a state of consciousness: I must have dozed off.

Nautical. away from the land, a ship, the wind, etc.


so as no longer to be supported by, attached to, on, resting on, or unified with: Take your feet off the table!Break a piece of bread off the loaf.

deviating from: off balance;off course.

below or less than the usual or expected level or standard: 20 percent off the marked price;I was off my golf game.

away, disengaged, or resting from: to be off duty on Tuesdays.

Informal. refraining or abstaining from; denying oneself the pleasure, company, practice, etc., of: He's off gambling.

away from; apart or distant from: a village off the main road.

leading into or away from: an alley off 12th Street.

not fixed on or directed toward, as the gaze, eyes, etc.: Their eyes weren't off the king for a moment.

Informal. from (a specified source): I bought it off a street vendor.

from or of, indicating material or component parts: to lunch off cheese and fruit.

from or by such means or use of: living off an inheritance;living off his parents.

Nautical. at some distance to seaward of: off Cape Hatteras.


in error; wrong: You are off on that point.

slightly abnormal or not quite sane: He is a little off, but he's really harmless.

not up to standard; not so good or satisfactory as usual; inferior or subnormal: a good play full of off moments.

no longer in effect, in operation, or in process: The agreement is off.

stopped from flowing, as by the closing of a valve: The electricity is off.

in a specified state, circumstance, etc.: to be badly off for money.

(of time) free from work or duty; nonworking: a pastime for one's off hours.

not working at one's usual occupation: We're off Wednesdays during the summer.

of less than the ordinary activity, liveliness, or lively interest; slack: an off season in the tourist trade.

unlikely; remote; improbable: on the off chance that we'd find her at home.

more distant; farther: the off side of a wall.

(of a vehicle, single animal, or pair of animals hitched side by side) of, being, or pertaining to the right as seen from the rider's or driver's viewpoint (opposed to near): the off horse;the off side.

starting on one's way; leaving: I'm off to Europe on Monday.They're off and running in the third race at Aqueduct.

lower in price or value; down: Stock prices were off this morning.

Nautical. noting one of two like things that is the farther from the shore; seaward: the off side of the ship.

Cricket. noting or pertaining to that side of the wicket or of the field opposite that on which the batsman stands.


the state or fact of being off.

Cricket. the off side.

verb (used without object)

to go off or away; leave (used imperatively): Off, and don't come back!

verb (used with object)

Slang. to kill; slay.

Verb Phrases

get off on.get1 (def. 57).



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Idioms about off

    get it off. get1 (def. 54).

    off and on,
    1. Also on and off.with intervals between; intermittently: to work off and on.
    2. Nautical.on alternate tacks.

    off of, Informal. off: Take your feet off of the table!

    off with,
    1. take away; remove: Off with those muddy boots before you step into this kitchen!
    2. cut off: Off with his head!

Origin of off

Originally a stressed variant of of1

usage note for off

The phrasal preposition off of is old in English, going back to the 16th century. Although usage guides reject it as redundant, recommending off without of, the phrase is widespread in speech, including that of the educated: Let's watch as the presidential candidates come off of the rostrum and down into the audience.Off of is rare in edited writing except to give the flavor of speech.

Words nearby off

ofay, of choice, Ofcom, of consequence, of course, off, Offa, off again, on again, off-air, offal, Offaly

Other definitions for off (2 of 3)

a suffixal use of the adverb off, forming nouns that denote competitions, especially between the finalists of earlier competitions or as a means of deciding a tie: cookoff; playoff; runoff.

Other definitions for off (3 of 3)





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Words related to off

outside, elsewhere, ahead, far, over, aside, below, out, absent, slight, slim, finished, postponed, canceled, slack, quiet, disappointing, sour, displeasing, disheartening

How to use off in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for off


used to indicate actions in which contact is absent or rendered absent, as between an object and a surfaceto lift a cup off the table

used to indicate the removal of something that is or has been appended to or in association with something elseto take the tax off potatoes

out of alignment withwe are off course

situated near to or leading away fromjust off the High Street

not inclined towardsI'm off work; I've gone off you


(particle)so as to be deactivated or disengagedturn off the radio

  1. so as to get rid ofsleep off a hangover
  2. so as to be removed from, esp as a reductionhe took ten per cent off

spent away from work or other dutiestake the afternoon off

  1. on a trip, journey, or raceI saw her off at the station
  2. (particle)so as to be completely absent, used up, or exhaustedthis stuff kills off all vermin

out from the shore or landthe ship stood off

  1. out of contact; at a distancethe ship was 10 miles off
  2. out of the present locationthe girl ran off

away in the futureAugust is less than a week off

(particle)so as to be no longer taking placethe match has been rained off

(particle)removed from contact with something, as clothing from the bodythe girl took all her clothes off

offstagenoises off

commerce(used with a preceding number) indicating the number of items required or producedplease supply 100 off

off and onoron and offoccasionally; intermittentlyhe comes here off and on

off with(interjection)a command, often peremptory, or an exhortation to remove or cut off (something specified)off with his head; off with that coat, my dear


not on; no longer operativethe off position on the dial

(postpositive)not or no longer taking place; cancelled or postponedthe meeting is off

in a specified condition regarding money, provisions, etcwell off; how are you off for bread?

unsatisfactory or disappointinghis performance was rather off; an off year for good tennis

(postpositive)in a condition as specifiedI'd be better off without this job

(postpositive)no longer on the menu; not being served at the momentsorry, love, haddock is off

(postpositive)(of food or drink) having gone bad, sour, etcthis milk is off


  1. the part of the field on that side of the pitch to which the batsman presents his bat when taking strike: thus for a right-hander, off is on the right-hand sideCompare leg (def. 13)
  2. (in combination)a fielding position in this part of the fieldmid-off
  3. (as modifier)the off stump


(tr)to kill (someone)

Word Origin for off

originally variant of of; fully distinguished from it in the 17th century

usage for off

In standard English, off is not followed by of: he stepped off (not off of) the platform

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Other Idioms and Phrases with off

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Meaning little off

What does the idiom "to sound a little off" mean?

It means “to sound not quite right”. Three rather literal examples plucked from the web:

“Sometimes the bass on music will sound a little off, almost distorted.”
“it sounds a little off ’cause i still haven’t tuned it”
“Starting this morning when i turned the truck on i noticed the engine sounds a little off. Kinda like one cylinder isn’t firing. ”

It can also have a slightly metaphorical use, to describe a situation that is not right: e.g., “the price they quoted sounds a little off”.

In a related vein you have “to feel a little off” meaning to feel not quite right, applying both to people and things: “I feel a little off after eating the whole tub of icecream”, “the atmosphere of the meeting felt a little off to me”.

answered Oct 4 '12 at 7:27

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