off·​sea·​son ˈȯf-ˌsē-zᵊn How to pronounce offseason (audio)
variants or less commonly off-season
plural offseasons also off-seasons
: a time of suspended or reduced activity
It's cheaper to visit the area during the offseason.
off-season travel
especially : the time during which an athlete is not training or competing
During the offseason, he put on another eight pounds of muscle and when he got to spring training, his Red Sox uniform was too tight. Mel Antonen
After undergoing arthroscopic surgery in the off-season, Hardaway says he's ready to put last year's disappointment behind him. Marty Burns
an offseason football trade
off-season training
off-season adverb
or less commonly offseason
traveling off-season

Examples of offseason in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One of Kelly’s offseason focuses has been gaining strength. Eric Sondheimer, Los Angeles Times, 18 Feb. 2024 Not everybody goes into the offseason and works on those issues. Esfandiar Baraheni, Forbes, 17 Feb. 2024 The Raiders signed Garoppolo last offseason to a three-year, $72.75 million contract when coach Josh McDaniels and GM Dave Ziegler were in charge. Associated Pess, The Mercury News, 16 Feb. 2024 Veteran left-hander John Means, who missed last year’s AL Division Series with an elbow flare-up after returning from Tommy John, began his offseason throwing routine a month later to recover. Jacob Calvin Meyer, Baltimore Sun, 15 Feb. 2024 But as Miami looks to take another step and be competitive with the AFC’s elite, could the team look for an upgrade at the position this offseason? Daniel Oyefusi, Miami Herald, 12 Feb. 2024 Got to have an offseason and then good training camp. Blair Kerkhoff, Kansas City Star, 12 Feb. 2024 Many other countries in this hemisphere have professional baseball leagues that play in the winter, during the MLB offseason. Dominic Pino, National Review, 6 Feb. 2024 Now, Miami enters the offseason with a bare wide receiver room and a need to upgrade the unit despite big contributions from its top two options. Daniel Oyefusi, Miami Herald, 5 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1847, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of offseason was in 1847

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Cite this Entry

“Offseason.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a time when some activity is suspended or reduced
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