: not being in the period of maximum use or business : not peak
telephone rates during off-peak hours

Examples of off-peak in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Prices vary by day, with the lowest prices on off-peak days (Wednesdays and Thursdays, except July 4). Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 June 2024 In general, off-peak months when room rates fall are May, early June, late August, and September. Terry Ward, Travel + Leisure, 27 May 2024 The rail system said in its statement to Xinhua that raising the peak fares would make deeper discounts possible for some off-peak tickets and for slower trains that make more stops. Keith Bradsher, New York Times, 13 May 2024 Bidirectional, or vehicle-to-grid (V2G), charging lets EV owners charge at overnight off-peak rates then sell power back to grids at a profit during peak hours. Nick Carey and Victoria Waldersee, The Christian Science Monitor, 22 Apr. 2024 JetBlue fliers may want to pack light, as the airline recently increased baggage fees based on peak and off-peak travel periods. Stella Shon, Travel + Leisure, 16 Apr. 2024 When possible, Evergy recommends adjusting your electricity use to off-peak times to avoid the highest costs from 4-8 p.m. This may look like turning off the air conditioning at 4 p.m. to avoid peak prices. Natalie Wallington, Kansas City Star, 11 Apr. 2024 Utilities charge less for power overnight, and transit agencies impose higher fares during rush hour to encourage users to shift toward off-peak times, when energy and trains are in less demand. Lydia Depillis Lydia Depillis, New York Times, 6 Apr. 2024 All other days are considered off-peak travel days. Jessica Puckett, Condé Nast Traveler, 3 Apr. 2024

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'off-peak.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History

First Known Use

1911, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of off-peak was in 1911

Dictionary Entries Near off-peak

Cite this Entry

“Off-peak.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/off-peak. Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!