noun off·beat \ˈf-ˌbēt\

Definition of OFFBEAT

:  an unaccented beat or portion of a beat in a musical measure

First Known Use of OFFBEAT

circa 1928

Other Music Terms

cacophony, chorister, concerto, counterpoint, madrigal, obbligato, presto, presto, refrain, riff, segue


adjective off·beat \-ˈbēt\

: different from the ordinary, usual, or expected

Full Definition of OFFBEAT

Examples of OFFBEAT

  1. She has an offbeat sense of humor.
  2. He often plays offbeat characters in his films.
  3. an offbeat approach to teaching
  4. The performance was refreshingly offbeat.

First Known Use of OFFBEAT



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