Definitions

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

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • _Do on_, put on; often shortened into "don"; cf. doff, which is shortened from do off.

    The Story of Sigurd the Volsung

  • "doff" it is. actually, why don't i just add that to the "don" entry, since it's essentially the same thing?

    Strunk and Light Addendum

  • So park your Fiat 500 in the driveway of your Mid-Century modern rancher, doff your bouclé suit and prim pumps, and settle back in your Eames couch: In one sense, 'Mad Men' is always on these days.

    Fashion Highlights From 2011

  • So park your Fiat 500 in the driveway of your Mid-Century modern rancher, doff your bouclé suit and prim pumps, and settle back in your Eames sofa with a chilled martini.

    Fashion's Top 10 Moments

  • (Neil Gaiman reports on his blog that he is going to buy a cap just so he can doff it to Pratchett.) 2 comments | Leave a comment

    Sir Pratchett of Discworld

  • At least she could send the cops on my trail to be baffled over my corpse, doff their hats, and forget it ever happened.

    Egg Hunt

  • Based on blog and comment reactions I've seen, some readers find that element really shocking, and at that point either doff their hat in my direction for how I handled it, or get really angry, either at the story or directly at me.

    An Interview with Mike Allen

  • So I'd like to doff my hat and say, "Gracias a todos!"

    Moderators

  • Getty Images Yankee players doff caps on Sept. 21, 2008.

    The Song Remains the Same

  • Sam Read, I'd say, is a literary bookshop at heart, as well it might be, given that it lies on the doorstep of Dove Cottage and the birthplace of English Romanticism, though again, it doesn't doff its fez to Wordsworth either, which so many others do.

    My favourite independent bookshop: Sam Read, Grasmere

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  • I had but to drink the cup, to doff at once the body of the noted professor, and to assume, like a thick cloak, that of Edward Hyde.

    Robert Louis Stevenson, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

    July 28, 2011

  • "Sam retired behind the hedge in front of his trailer to doff his clothes."-Dead as a Doornail, by Charlaine Harris

    May 19, 2011

  • "Doffe of thy clothes, And knele in thy kyrtylle."
    - Sir Thomas Mallory, 'Le Morte Darthur', circa 1470.
    (phrases.org.uk notes kyrtylle as a tunic or petticoat)

    December 30, 2010

  • A contraction of "do off". Contrast with don.

    January 5, 2007