offbeat

noun
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

offbeat

adjective
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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Holder sought out the offbeat, the untutored, and the visionary. John Beardsley, ELLE Decor, 18 Aug. 2022 With a sales technique honed as a sidewalk hustler, hypnotic TV pitchman Ron Popeil made a fortune hawking such offbeat yet oddly clever contraptions as the Veg-O-Matic and Mr. Microphone. Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times, 28 July 2021 With a sales technique honed as a sidewalk hustler, hypnotic TV pitchman Ron Popeil made a fortune hawking such offbeat yet oddly clever contraptions as the Veg-O-Matic and Mr. Microphone. Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times, 28 July 2021 With a sales technique honed as a sidewalk hustler, hypnotic TV pitchman Ron Popeil made a fortune hawking such offbeat yet oddly clever contraptions as the Veg-O-Matic and Mr. Microphone. Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times, 28 July 2021 With a sales technique honed as a sidewalk hustler, hypnotic TV pitchman Ron Popeil made a fortune hawking such offbeat yet oddly clever contraptions as the Veg-O-Matic and Mr. Microphone. Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times, 28 July 2021 With a sales technique honed as a sidewalk hustler, hypnotic TV pitchman Ron Popeil made a fortune hawking such offbeat yet oddly clever contraptions as the Veg-O-Matic and Mr. Microphone. Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times, 28 July 2021 With a sales technique honed as a sidewalk hustler, hypnotic TV pitchman Ron Popeil made a fortune hawking such offbeat yet oddly clever contraptions as the Veg-O-Matic and Mr. Microphone. Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times, 28 July 2021 With a sales technique honed as a sidewalk hustler, hypnotic TV pitchman Ron Popeil made a fortune hawking such offbeat yet oddly clever contraptions as the Veg-O-Matic and Mr. Microphone. Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times, 28 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective When the no-nonsense Captain Raymond Holt takes over the 99th precinct, the offbeat detective squad must get its act together. Toby Grey, BGR, 16 Sep. 2022 Their story gets unwieldy at times, with so many side characters and twists that what should be a short, punchy, offbeat caper picture lumbers to a nearly two-hour running time. Noel Murray, Los Angeles Times, 16 Sep. 2022 Glass suggested airing offbeat commentary by Sedaris, which Mr. Ferrante enthusiastically approved. Glenn Rifkin, Washington Post, 15 Sep. 2022 Though the book has an earnest heart, it’s colored by Wilson’s appealingly offbeat prose, so that even the most straightforward coming-of-age moments have a funky freshness. Chloe Schama, Vogue, 14 Sep. 2022 Very pulled together in this offbeat way, and a bit boyish. Rachel Tashjian, Harper's BAZAAR, 14 Sep. 2022 The company has, in a relatively short period of time, carved out a clear identity for itself in the U.S. distribution landscape, where its offbeat tastes and keen eye for non-English language cinema have put Utopia in the orbit of A24 and Neon. Manori Ravindran, Variety, 10 Sep. 2022 The low-key comic offers offbeat observations in this new stand-up special directed by Ali Wong. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 4 Sep. 2022 The low-key comic offers offbeat observations in this new stand-up special directed by Ali Wong. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 4 Sep. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of offbeat

Noun

1901, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1922, in the meaning defined above

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“Offbeat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/offbeat. Accessed 26 Sep. 2022.

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