adverb or adjective

variants or offscreen
: out of sight of the motion picture or television viewer
a shot fired off-screen
Before long, Anthony introduces himself to the family pooch, who is whooshed away to an off-screen death.Kris Turnquist
: in private life : when not appearing in a motion picture, on television, etc.
Moyer's off-screen magnetism comes from a down-to-earth friendliness.Kate Hahn
Pfeiffer, 34, remains a mystery woman offscreen.Michael A. Lipton

Examples of off-screen in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In this off-screen role, Coolidge appears in campaigns for the brand, the most recent being a date night sketch where Coolidge fawns over her Dirty Pillows Lip Kit instead of her dinner date (honestly, same). Allure, 21 Nov. 2023 Larry David introduced her to Kennedy Hines credits her on-screen husband with introducing her to her off-screen husband. Jessica Sager, Peoplemag, 20 Nov. 2023 But unlike the 20- and 30-somethings of Bachelor history, the women of The Golden Bachelor look toward the next chapter in their own (off-screen) love stories. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, 16 Nov. 2023 Fans also flock to podcasts when momentous events in the entertainment space happen off-screen. Josh Taylor, Variety, 15 Nov. 2023 Workplace comedies have abounded, melodramas of obscene wealth litter the television landscape, and cop stories thrive in every genre, but rarely do these series choose to foreground the union politics that certainly exist, if off-screen, in their story-worlds. Phillip MacIak, The New Republic, 1 Nov. 2023 Not military experts, not scientists, but two families obliged to shelter under the same roof out in the East Hamptons while something scary unfolds a few hours away, off-screen, in New York. Peter Debruge, Variety, 26 Oct. 2023 The actress hasn’t been shy about her off-screen relationship with Forman — though the pair haven’t officially confirmed whether there’s more than friendship between them. Kelly Wynne, Peoplemag, 26 Oct. 2023 Not dissimilar to the book, the series’s tonal swings never quite settle (there’s also an off-screen suicide and on-screen police brutality). Sophia Nguyen, Washington Post, 21 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1916, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of off-screen was in 1916

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Cite this Entry

“Off-screen.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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