Definition of


  1. (noun, possession) the final payment of a debt
  2. (noun, possession) payment made to a person in a position of trust to corrupt his judgment
  3. (noun, possession) the income or profit arising from such transactions as the sale of land or other property
  4. (noun, event) a recompense for worthy acts or retribution for wrongdoing
    virtue is its own reward

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Alternate forms of Payoff

Hyponyms: economic rent, hush money, kickback, payback, payola, rent, soap

Hypernyms: aftermath, consequence, income, payment

Origin of the word Payoff

  1. also pay-off, 1905, "winnings from gambling," from pay (v.) + off. Meaning "graft, bribes" first attested 1930. Phrase to pay off "be profitable" is first recorded 1951. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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