from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To take off; remove: doff one's clothes.
- transitive v. To tip or remove (one's hat) in salutation.
- transitive v. To put aside; discard.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. to remove or take off, especially of clothing
- v. to remove or tip a hat, as in greeting, salutation or as a mark of respect
- v. to get rid of, to throw off
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To put off, as dress; to divest one's self of; hence, figuratively, to put or thrust away; to rid one's self of.
- transitive v. To strip; to divest; to undress.
- intransitive v. To put off dress; to take off the hat.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To put or take off, as dress, or any article of dress, especially the hat or cap.
- To strip; uncover; lay bare.
- To put or drive off; thrust aside or away.
- To throw, as something taken off or rejected; put or thrust so as to be out of the way.
- In textile manufacturing: To strip off, as cotton or wool for spinning from the cards or carding-cylinder, etc. (see doffer); also, to remove or take away, as full bobbins, to make way for empty ones.
- To mend or piece together, as broken threads.
- To remove the hat from the head in salutation.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. remove
Middle English doffen, from don off, to do off : don, to do; see do1 + off, off; see off.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English doffe, dof, equivalent to a blend of do and off. Compare don, dup, dout, gauf. (Wiktionary)