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Part of speech: noun

Origin: English, early 17th century


The more distant part of the sea in view.

Examples of Offing in a sentence

"The captain saw another ship approach from the offing."

"As they stood on the shore, the offing seemed to shimmer in the early evening light."

About Offing

“Offing” was originally a nautical term from the early 17th century, from “off,” meaning “away from,” and “ing,” denoting an instance.

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“Offing” is sometimes used as part of a phrase, “in the offing,” which means “likely to happen or appear soon.” For example: “There are several job opportunities in the offing,” or “With so many remakes appearing on streaming services, maybe a ‘Clueless’ reboot could be in the offing.”

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