wear off

wear off
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [wair awf, of]
    • /wɛər ɔf, ɒf/
    • /weə(r) ɒf/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [wair awf, of]
    • /wɛər ɔf, ɒf/

Definitions of wear off words

  • verb with object wear off to carry or have on the body or about the person as a covering, equipment, ornament, or the like: to wear a coat; to wear a saber; to wear a disguise. 1
  • verb with object wear off to have or use on the person habitually: to wear a wig. 1
  • verb with object wear off to bear or have in one's aspect or appearance: to wear a smile; to wear an air of triumph. 1
  • verb with object wear off to cause (garments, linens, etc.) to deteriorate or change by wear: Hard use has worn these gloves. 1
  • verb with object wear off to impair, deteriorate, or consume gradually by use or any continued process: Long illness had worn the bloom from her cheeks. 1
  • verb with object wear off to waste or diminish gradually by rubbing, scraping, washing, etc.: The waves have worn these rocks. 1

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Origin of wear off

First appearance:

before 900
One of the 4% oldest English words
before 900; (v.) Middle English weren to have (clothes) on the body, waste, damage, suffer waste or damage, Old English werian; cognate with Old Norse verja, Gothic wasjan to clothe; (noun) late Middle English were act of carrying on the body, derivative of the v.; akin to Latin vestis clothing (see vest)

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Parts of speech for Wear off


wear 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".

wear off usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for wear off

verb wear off

  • weaken — to make weak or weaker.

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