off-key

adjective or adverb \ ˈȯf-ˈkē \

Definition of off-key

1 : varying in pitch from the proper tone of a melody

First Known Use of off-key

1901

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Definition of off-key for English Language Learners

  • : not in tune : above or below the proper pitch


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