What does 'doff' mean?

@dorypanda (1584)
November 19, 2006 4:46pm CST
It's what people used to do with their caps, but I don't know what it means or where it comes from.
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@RieRie (822)
19 Nov 06
It means to take off, it normally refers to a hat, but I think you can also doff your shoes and coat :)
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@pumpkinjam (5737)
• United Kingdom
19 Nov 06
I think it's olde English but I would have to check that. It means to take off or remove an item of clothing, usually a hat. Not really used now but I think it was more in use for polite company, eg. if you were to meet the Queen, you would "doff your hat" but it wouldn't be suitable say if someone was having their clothes cut open in hospital after an accident. It would be inappropriate to say "we're doffing your clothes"
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@disturbedgd (1822)
• South Africa
19 Nov 06
in my country (SA) it means your stupid short for doofus
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