Off vs Stop - What's the difference?

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As an adverb off

is in a direction away from the speaker or object.

As an adjective off

is inoperative, disabled.

As a preposition off

is (used to indicate movement away from a position on).

As a verb off

is (slang) to kill.

As a noun stop is


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(en adverb)
  • In a direction away from the speaker or object.
  • *
  • , title=(The Celebrity), chapter=4 , passage=No matter how early I came down, I would find him on the veranda, smoking cigarettes, or
  • Into a state of non-operation; into a state of non-existence.
  • Usage notes

    * Used in many , off'' is an adverbial particle often mistakenly thought of as a preposition. (It ''can be used as a preposition, but such usage is rare and usually informal; see below.)


    * away, out


    * on, in

    Derived terms

    * back off * bite off * break off * bring off * call off * clean off * cut off, cutoff * die off * drop off * fall off * fuck off * get off * go off * goof off * hold off * keep off * kick off, kickoff * knock off * lay off, layoff * leave off * let off * light off * live off * make off * make off with * nod off * pay off, payoff * piss off * pull off * put off * ring off * rip off, ripoff * round off * run off, runoff * see off * set off * show off, showoff * sleep off * shake off * switch off * take off * tell off * tick off * turn off, turnoff * walk it off * wear off


    (en adjective)
  • Inoperative, disabled.
  • :All the lights are off .
  • Rancid, rotten.
  • :This milk is off !
  • (cricket) In, or towards the half of the field away from the batsman's legs; the right side for a right-handed batsman.
  • Less than normal, in temperament or in result.
  • :sales are off this quarter
  • Circumstanced (as in well off'', ''better off'', ''poorly off ).
  • *
  • Started on the way.
  • :off to see the wizard
  • :And they're off ! Whatsmyname takes an early lead, with Remember The Mane behind by a nose.
  • *
  • Far; off to the side.
  • :the off horse or ox in a team, in distinction from the nigh or near horse
  • *
  • *:So this was my future home, I thought!Backed by towering hills, the but faintly discernible purple line of the French boundary off to the southwest, a sky of palest Gobelin flecked with fat, fleecy little clouds, it in truth looked a dear little city; the city of one's dreams.
  • *1937 , (Zora Neale Hurston), Their Eyes Were Watching God , Harper Perennial (2000), p.151:
  • *:He came in, took a look and squinched down into a chair in an off corner and didn’t open his mouth.
  • 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.
  • :He took an off''' day for fishing.  an '''off''' year in politics; the '''off season
  • Antonyms

    * (inoperative) on * (rotten) fresh * (cricket) on, leg

    Derived terms

    * off to the races


    (English prepositions)
  • (Used to indicate movement away from a position on)
  • I took it off''' the table.''; ''Come '''off the roof!
  • (colloquial) Out of the possession of.
  • He didn't buy it off''' him. He stole it '''off him.
  • Away from or not on.
  • He's off''' the computer, but he's still on the phone.''; ''Keep '''off the grass.
  • Disconnected or subtracted from.
  • We've been off''' the grid for three days now.''; ''He took 20% '''off the list price.
  • Distant from.
  • We're just off''' the main road.''; ''The island is 23 miles ' off the cape.
  • No longer wanting or taking.
  • He's been off''' his feed since Tuesday.''; ''He's '''off his meds again.
  • Tantalum bar 6 off 3/8" Dia × 12" — Atom, Great Britain Atomic Energy Authority, 1972
    samples submitted … 12 off Thermistors type 1K3A531 … — BSI test report for shock and vibration testing, 2000
    I'd like to re-order those printer cartridges, let's say 5-off .



    Derived terms

    * off-campus * off one's feed


    (en verb)
  • (slang) To kill.
  • He got in the way so I had him offed .
  • (Singapore) To switch off.
  • Can you off the light?

    Derived terms

    * off-licence, off-license, offie, offy



    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) (m), (m), from (etyl) . More at stuff, stump. Alternate etymology derives Proto-Germanic *stupp?n? from an assumed . This derivation, however, is doubtful, as the earliest instances of the Germanic verb do not carry the meaning of "stuff, stop with tow". Rather, these senses developed later in response to influence from similar sounding words in Latin and RomanceThe Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia, "stop"..


  • (label) To cease moving.
  • * , chapter=5
  • , title= The Mirror and the Lamp , passage=Then everybody once more knelt, and soon the blessing was pronounced. The choir and the clergy trooped out slowly, […], down the nave to the western door. […] At a seemingly immense distance the surpliced group stopped to say the last prayer.}}
  • (label) To come to an end.
  • (label) To cause (something) to cease moving or progressing.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-01, volume=407, issue=8838
  • , page=13 (Technology Quarterly), magazine=(The Economist) , title= Ideas coming down the track , passage=A “moving platform” scheme
  • (label) To cause (something) to come to an end.
  • (label) To close or block an opening.
  • To adjust the aperture of a camera lens.
  • (label) To stay; to spend a short time; to reside temporarily.
  • * R. D. Blackmore
  • * 1931 , , Mapp & Lucia , chapter 7
  • (label) To tarry.
  • (label) To regulate the sounds of (musical strings, etc.) by pressing them against the fingerboard with the finger, or otherwise shortening the vibrating part.
  • (label) To punctuate.
  • * Landor
  • (label) To make fast; to stopper.
  • Usage notes
    * This is a catenative verb that takes the gerund (-ing)'' or the ''to infinitive. See for more information.
    * (to cease moving) brake, desist, halt * (to come to an end) blin, cease, desist, discontinue, halt, terminate * (to cause to cease moving) cancel, cease, discontinue, halt, terminate * (to cause to come to an end) blin, cancel, cease, discontinue, halt, terminate
    * (to cease moving) continue, go, move, proceed * (to come to an end) continue, proceed * (to cause to cease moving) continue, move * (to cause to come to an end) continue, move
    Derived terms
    * stop-and-search / stop-and-frisk * stop by * stopcock * stop down * stop in * stop off * stop out * stop over * stop up * stopwatch * the buck stops here


    (en noun)
  • A (usually marked) place where line buses, trams or trains halt to let passengers get on and off, usually smaller than a station.
  • An action of stopping; interruption of travel.
  • * De Foe
  • * Sir Isaac Newton
  • * John Locke
  • A device intended to block the path of a moving object; as, a door stop.
  • (label) A consonant sound in which the passage of air through the mouth is temporarily blocked by the lips, tongue, or glottis; a plosive.
  • A symbol used for purposes of punctuation and representing a pause or separating clauses, particularly a full stop, comma, colon or semicolon.
  • That which stops, impedes, or obstructs; an obstacle; an impediment.
  • * Daniel
  • * Rogers
  • A function that halts playback or recording in devices such as videocassette and DVD player.
  • (label) A button that activates the stop function.
  • (label) A knob or pin used to regulate the flow of air in an organ.
  • (label) A very short shot which touches the ground close behind the net and is intended to bounce as little as possible.
  • (label) The depression in a dog’s face between the skull and the nasal bones.
  • (label) An f-stop.
  • (label) A device, or piece, as a pin, block, pawl, etc., for arresting or limiting motion, or for determining the position to which another part shall be brought.
  • (label) A member, plain or moulded, formed of a separate piece and fixed to a jamb, against which a door or window shuts.
  • The diaphragm used in optical instruments to cut off the marginal portions of a beam of light passing through lenses.
  • Synonyms
    * (place for vehicles to load and unload passengers) halt, station * (consonant sound where air is blocked) plosive, occlusive
    Derived terms
    * bus stop * truck stop


  • Prone to halting or hesitation.
  • Interjection

    (en interjection)
  • halt! stop!
  • Punctuation

    (en-punctuation mark)
  • Etymology 2

    From (etyl) (m), from (etyl) . See stoup.


    (en noun)
  • A small well-bucket; a milk-pail.
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