Is 'first off' correct?

I’ve come across the expression ‘first off’ a couple of times and wonder if it is correct and can be used in the sense of: first of all, to begin with, firstly.

Thank you.

Hi Conchita,

Yes, in conversation that’s fine. You can say at the start of a discussion or meeting or whatever: First off - meaning: To start with/Let’s begin with.

Best wishes


Thank you Alan. This just proves how useful conversation can be. Learning only from books, one would end up speaking as if one was from another era (although I personally wouldn’t see anything wrong with it). This applies especially to the English language, which is constantly evolving – much more so than other languages.