Definitions for: Put Off


[v] avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues); "He dodged the issue"; "she skirted the problem"; "They tend to evade their responsibilities"; "he evaded the questions skillfully"
[v] hold back to a later time; "let's postpone the exam"
[v] cause to feel embarrassment; "The constant attention of the young man confused her"
[v] cause to feel intense dislike or distaste
[v] take away the enthusiasm of



Webster (1913) Definition: Put"-off` (?; 115), n.
A shift for evasion or delay; an evasion; an excuse.
--L'Estrange.

Synonyms: circumvent, confuse, defer, disconcert, dishearten, dodge, duck, elude, evade, flurry, fudge, hedge, hold over, parry, piss off, postpone, prorogue, put over, remit, set back, shelve, sidestep, skirt, table, turn off

Antonyms: cheer, embolden, hearten, recreate

See Also: abash, avoid, bother, call, call off, cancel, deflect, delay, discourage, distract, embarrass, fluster, hold, probate, quibble, repel, reprieve, repulse, reschedule, respite, suspend

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