\ ˈȯf-ˈskrēn How to pronounce off-screen (audio) \
variants: or offscreen

Definition of off-screen

1 : 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
2 : 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 This thought-provoking drama is long but well-paced, full of incident but at the same time intimate — though shocking violence occurs just offscreen. Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter, "'A Sun' ('Yang Guang Pu Zhao'): Film Review | Tokyo 2019," 8 Nov. 2019 For production, three or four Jinxes were built, each of which had a different function, controlled offscreen via remote control - move forward and backward, raise arms, expand and light up. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al.com, "Secrets of the ’80s ‘SpaceCamp’ movie, revealed," 3 July 2019

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First Known Use of off-screen

1916, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Off-screen.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/off-screen. Accessed 29 January 2020.

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