come off as

idiom

: to seem to be (a specified quality or character)
He's really just shy, but he comes off as a little arrogant.
He came off as a stuffy old man.

Examples of come off as in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The effect doesn’t come off as gimmicky, but rather makes for a deeply poignant story, told largely in Fox’s own words. Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post, 9 May 2023 In any case, E.B. doesn’t come off as a character about to enter a chrysalis and emerge a butterfly. Matt Zoller Seitz, Vulture, 20 Dec. 2021 But some bits, like Rogers missing his daughter’s recital while trying to seal the deal, come off as cliché. WIRED, 31 Mar. 2023 His evident pride in his films doesn’t come off as arrogant so much as affable, and even his humblebrags are couched in introspection. Adam Nayman, The New Yorker, 2 Feb. 2023 Complementary colors blue and orange can come off as strong, but when used in grayed-back tones like the blues and oranges in this space, the palette manages to be eye-catching, but not overwhelming. Marisa Donnelly, Better Homes & Gardens, 27 Jan. 2023 Her character is composed of intriguing contradictions, which come off as all the more human in the actor’s hands. Peter Debruge, Variety, 21 Jan. 2023 That’s why so many dance scenes come off as awkward: The actors are just doing the zombie shuffle, moving to no background noise at all. Kenny Loggins, Vulture, 8 June 2022 But unlike some of his fellow combatants, Mr. Leo was too funny a writer to come off as a complete bluenose. New York Times, 11 May 2022

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“Come off as.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/come%20off%20as. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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