fall off

fall off
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fawl awf, of]
    • /fɔl ɔf, ɒf/
    • /fɔːl ɒf/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fawl awf, of]
    • /fɔl ɔf, ɒf/

Definitions of fall off words

  • verb without object fall off to drop or descend under the force of gravity, as to a lower place through loss or lack of support. 1
  • verb without object fall off to come or drop down suddenly to a lower position, especially to leave a standing or erect position suddenly, whether voluntarily or not: to fall on one's knees. 1
  • verb without object fall off to become less or lower; become of a lower level, degree, amount, quality, value, number, etc.; decline: The temperature fell ten degrees. Stock prices fell to a new low for the year. 1
  • verb without object fall off to subside or abate. 1
  • verb without object fall off extend downward; hang down: Her hair falls to her shoulders. 1
  • verb without object fall off to become lowered or directed downward, as the eyes: My eyes fell before his steady gaze. 1

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Origin of fall off

First appearance:

before 900
One of the 4% oldest English words
before 900; Middle English fallen, Old English feallan; cognate with German fallen, Old Norse falla; akin to Lithuanian pùlti to fall

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Parts of speech for Fall off


fall off popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 99% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

fall off usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for fall off

verb fall off

  • diminish — to make or cause to seem smaller, less, less important, etc.; lessen; reduce.
  • lessen — to become less.
  • wane — to decrease in strength, intensity, etc.: Daylight waned, and night came on. Her enthusiasm for the cause is waning.
  • decrease — When something decreases or when you decrease it, it becomes less in quantity, size, or intensity.
  • slump — to drop or fall heavily; collapse: Suddenly she slumped to the floor.

Antonyms for fall off

verb fall off

  • grow — to increase by natural development, as any living organism or part by assimilation of nutriment; increase in size or substance.
  • increase — to make greater, as in number, size, strength, or quality; augment; add to: to increase taxes.
  • raise — to move to a higher position; lift up; elevate: to raise one's hand; sleepy birds raising their heads and looking about.

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