: being slower than usual or expected
throwing off-speed pitches

Word History

First Known Use

1951, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of off-speed was in 1951

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“Off-speed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/off-speed. Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

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