Definition of well-off in US English:



  • 1Wealthy.

    ‘her family is quite well-off’
    • ‘Both the wealthy and the moderately well-off use these trusts to minimise the amount of tax their estate will pay.’
    • ‘Her father, Leonard, who made and lost three fortunes on the New York Stock Exchange, was well-off at the time of her marriage, but no longer wealthy.’
    • ‘This helps the less well-off who spend a greater share of their income on products such as clothes; it hits the better-off, who spend more on services.’
    • ‘Ultimately, taxation is the only fair and secure way to mobilise the wealth of the well-off for the benefit of the disadvantaged.’
    • ‘On tax, he said: ‘We are relatively well-off, but we fail to share our wealth equitably.’’
    • ‘He is being urged to reform inheritance tax so that less well-off people would be taxed less.’
    • ‘Only relatively well-off societies can afford to be blasé about wealth.’
    • ‘Our sense of what it is to be reasonably well-off keeps changing, the threshold keeps rising-even though all of us are much better off than people were hundreds of years ago.’
    • ‘‘The studies show there's as much drug use in well-off areas as in poor neighbourhoods,’ he says.’
    • ‘All the money goes to charity and what is not used to help out the less well-off at Christmas is distributed to Waterford charities, so all the money stays local.’
    • ‘Less well-off families find it as much of a necessity as wealthy ones, and fuel duties have raised the overall tax burden on poorer families.’
    • ‘If you want have well-off families, you have to have a wealth-creating economy in place.’
    • ‘Widespread bitterness and resentment can occur where most people are well-off, if a portion of the population is excessively wealthier.’
    • ‘The researchers found more wealthy residents in one city knew and completely trusted their neighbours than was the case in well-off parts of another city.’
    • ‘History suggests several steady, reliable ways to become well-off or even wealthy.’
    • ‘To attract well-off and wealthy customers, the company will need to offer better than average rates.’
    wealthy, rich, affluent, moneyed, cash rich, with deep pockets, well off, prosperous, opulent, substantial, comfortable, propertied
    fortunate, lucky, comfortable, well placed, in a fortunate position, in a privileged position, thriving, successful, flourishing
    wealthy, rich, affluent, moneyed, cash rich, with deep pockets, well-to-do, prosperous, opulent, substantial, comfortable, propertied
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    1. 1.1 In a favorable situation or circumstances.
      ‘they were well-off without her’
      • ‘Economic and agency theory also predict that unions will encourage strikes despite the relatively well-off positions of their members.’
      • ‘There was a half-brother, too, a bad egg who was nevertheless well-off because of his father's fortunes.’
      well supplied with, well stocked with, well furnished with, well equipped with
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