Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Well-to-do.
  • adj. In fortunate circumstances.

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  • adj. Alternative spelling of well off.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. in fortunate circumstances financially; moderately rich
  • adj. fortunately situated

Etymologies

off, circumstanced, probably from the phrase to come well off, to emerge from in good circumstances.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Things escalated from there with the super-rich guy calling the well-off dad an "asshole" for not being more careful in the playground.

    Graham James: Slap Fight In NYC!

  • Among the chief suspects are technological changes that increased the value of higher education; globalization that exposed the working class to low-wage competition from abroad; changes in public policy that gave tax breaks to the well-off, undermined minimum wage laws, and discouraged unions; and the fading of social norms that had in the aftermath of the Great Depression and World War II restrained upper-class avarice.

    American Grace

  • Instead this relative handful of well-off people has delivered a political opportunity for Labour politicians brave enough to take it.

    Time to Drop the 50% Tax Rate

  • This choice of "not-aging" is actually reserved for well-off women with lots of time and money.

    Paulina Porizkova: Aging

  • We were not well-off, but what an idyllic childhood my two sisters and I had before the realities of others' lives dawned.

    Family life

  • The Ryan plan would bar insurers from denying coverage to seniors based on preexisting conditions and would give less well-off seniors higher-value vouchers than more affluent seniors.

    Jonathan Weiler: Republicans, Medicare and the Golden Rule

  • Post-trail Lanesboro boasts 12 B&Bs (with year-long waiting lists), 8 restaurants, an art gallery, a museum, and a thriving community theater well-off enough to offer housing to its actors.

    2009 April 22 « Beachwood Historical Alliance

  • Dan Ariely (author of Predictably Irrational) and Michael Norton have just published a survey demonstrating that Americans of all persuasions - Republicans, Democrats, men, women, well-off, poor - significantly underestimate how amazingly rich the richest Americans actually are.

    Frank Koller: Why The Right AND The Left Won't Talk Seriously About Inequality

  • For more than 10 years, the intricate, multiseason narrative TV drama has exercised a dominant cultural sway over well-educated, well-off adults.

    Mad About Mad Men

  • And ladies who launch have much in common with ladies who lunch—they're social, fashionable and well-off—which means that, more often than not, they are the best advertisements for what they sell.

    Adding Jewels to Their Crowns

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