"I am off it"

What does this sentence mean generally? I am not well, interested etc?

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  • It's certainly not a well-established idiomatic usage. Can you give any more context? – FumbleFingers Dec 11 '14 at 22:39
  • This sounds a perfectly normal expression to me. I would use it to mean 'not interested in X at the moment', especially with a sense of being displeased about the thing. eg "I'm a bit off football [since it became more about money and less about sport]" or "I'm a bit off John [since he behaved like such a jerk the other day]." – Mynamite Dec 11 '14 at 23:24
  • I would interpret it to mean "I'm a bit ill," or "I'm not thinking clearly," or some such, depending on the circumstances. "I'm a bit off my game" is a better-known idiom meaning that you're not thinking clearly or perhaps not physically functioning well. – Hot Licks Dec 11 '14 at 23:31
  • As recently edited, of course, the phrase could mean that the person is off drugs or off booze (or off Stack Exchange) -- kicked some sort of habit. Or simply he has discontinued taking antibiotics or some such. Or off a task force at work. Loads of possible meanings. – Hot Licks Dec 20 '14 at 15:37

Depending on the context it can mean unwell, unfit, or more likely from the sentence given, stopped liking sth.

The American Heritage Dictionary says




  1. No longer taking place; canceled: The wedding is off.



a. Not up to standard; below a normal or satisfactory level: Your pitching is off today.

b. Not accurate; incorrect: Your statistical results are off.

c. Somewhat crazy; eccentric: I think that person is a little off.

While not mentioned above, the example is in the vein of 6a and 6c.

It could also mean nearby, as in

We live just off the main street.

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