adverb or adjective
\ 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 And though competently directed (including, in the pilot, by executive producer Eva Longoria), the show is clearly running up against a limited budget, as at least one key punchline to a scene happens offscreen. Daniel D'addario, Variety, 22 June 2022 Within the genre, there’s been a historical focus on teaching children about living a healthy lifestyle through nutrition and physical activity, but rarely intentional representation of how that may look on different bodies offscreen. Abbey White, The Hollywood Reporter, 23 May 2022 Two more tests from GFXBench 5.0, run offscreen to allow for different display resolutions, wring out OpenGL operations. Matthew Buzzi, PCMAG, 19 May 2022 Euphoria costars Hunter Schafer and Dominic Fike have taken their relationship offscreen. Janae Mckenzie, Glamour, 11 Feb. 2022 This too, speaks to the Gen Z trend happening offscreen, with people playing with press-on nails and stickers. Megan Decker,, 9 Feb. 2022 His films are filled with bold and decisive action—taken mostly offscreen and only by implication—that distills his characters into archetypes and lends their incidental connections and intimate troubles an overarching, poignant grandeur. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 18 Jan. 2022 The sweet note also reflected on their Bachelorette journey and life offscreen together. Kelly Wynne,, 22 Dec. 2021 Who’s Coming to Dinner and A Raisin in the Sun often reflected the civil rights movement unfolding offscreen, had attended Martin Luther King Jr. Thr Staff, The Hollywood Reporter, 12 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of off-screen

1916, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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25 Jun 2022

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“Off-screen.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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