off·​beat | \ ˈȯf-ˌbēt How to pronounce offbeat (audio) \

Definition of offbeat

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an unaccented beat or portion of a beat in a musical measure


off·​beat | \ ˈȯf-ˈbēt How to pronounce offbeat (audio) \

Definition of offbeat (Entry 2 of 2)

: different from the ordinary, usual, or expected in usually an appealing way : eccentric, unconventional an offbeat romantic comedy … you have to drive through a shallow stream to reach this wonderfully offbeat inn, hiding behind immaculate rows of fruit trees. But it's worth it.— William Sertl Luscious ice cream made fresh daily comes in such offbeat flavors as banana-walnut, chocolate-cherry, and nectarine.— Caroline Bates … our profession's deepest and darkest secret—that libraries are a ball to work in and that librarians tend to be rather offbeat and funky people.— Will Manley

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Examples of offbeat in a Sentence

Adjective She has an offbeat sense of humor. He often plays offbeat characters in his films. an offbeat approach to teaching The performance was refreshingly offbeat.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun That sense of being in the presence of the offbeat, of being tickled by novelty, of new sensibility dawning. Los Angeles Times, 22 Apr. 2021 Posing biting questions about identity, sexuality and trauma, Show Them a Good Time is an offbeat yet moving look at contemporary womanhood. Annabel Gutterman, Time, 27 Dec. 2019 The poetic empathy, the beautiful offbeat framing and unexpected transitions, and the magnificent handling of actors are all pure Campion. Patrick Friel, Chicago Reader, 30 May 2018 The Fringe is full of offbeat shows so there is no way to guarantee what every person will enjoy. Matthew J. Palm,, 23 May 2018 Offbeat Sculpture Garden Sculpture gardens are like junk drawers: Seems like everybody—the Hammer, the Norton Simon, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art—has one. Marielle Wakim, Los Angeles Magazine, 14 July 2017 KC Fringe Festival July 20-30 at multiple venues Offbeat artists and performances will abound at the 13th annual event for experimental theater and much more. Bill Brownlee And Dan Kelly,,, 28 June 2017 OREGON Offbeat Oregon History - Step off the beaten path with this podcast about true Oregon stories. Rebeca Coleman, Smithsonian, 18 Apr. 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Utah’s homegrown celebration of offbeat movies, the Bicknell International Film Festival, is returning after a COVID-19 break with a world premiere of a movie directed by maverick filmmaker Trent Harris. Sean P. Means, The Salt Lake Tribune, 9 July 2021 And for a final offbeat twist, Lee finished off the look with a pair of custom Nike Air Jordans and a black fedora. Liam Hes, Vogue, 7 July 2021 The offbeat twist on the classic Fourth of July parade has taken place each year since 1986, when organizers couldn’t get a marching band for the event. Zach Murdock,, 4 July 2021 For offbeat designer finds that won’t set off any credit card alerts, turn to Matches Fashion. Talia Abba, Glamour, 1 July 2021 The basement is scattered with beauty brands, from your Parisian staples to more offbeat, hard-to-find ranges by the likes of the Korean SK-II as well as natural beauty products. Rooksana Hossenally, Forbes, 23 June 2021 Still, despite the various dustups over whether or not Rodrigo plagiarized...the concept of prom?...from Courtney Love, I'm completely obsessed with the offbeat vision of adolescence that Rodrigo presents. Emma Specter, Vogue, 29 June 2021 The offbeat location is half the appeal, giving visitors the chance to stray from the tourist track. Rooksana Hossenally, Forbes, 27 June 2021 That spread may never happen, and the four-day week could become another perk associated with offbeat tech companies. Joe Pinsker, The Atlantic, 22 June 2021

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First Known Use of offbeat


1901, in the meaning defined above


1922, in the meaning defined above

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“Offbeat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of offbeat

informal : different from the ordinary, usual, or expected

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