off·beat | \ˈȯf-ˌbēt \

Definition of offbeat 

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


off·beat | \ˈȯf-ˈbēt \

Definition of offbeat (Entry 2 of 2)

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Examples of offbeat in a Sentence


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

The poetic empathy, the beautiful offbeat framing and unexpected transitions, and the magnificent handling of actors are all pure Campion. Patrick Friel, Chicago Reader, "Books / Film / Foreign / History / On Video / Poetry Five literary biopics whose pictures are worth a thousand words," 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,, "Orlando Fringe: Sentinel's Best of the Fest," 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, "Best of LA: 92 of Our Favorite Things to Eat, Do, and Buy Right Now," 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,,, "Ink picks: 10 events not to miss in July," 28 June 2017 OREGON Offbeat Oregon History - Step off the beaten path with this podcast about true Oregon stories. Rebeca Coleman, Smithsonian, "Learn the Secret History of Your State With These Addictive Podcasts," 18 Apr. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

But though Dracula zings again, this third offering in the offbeat look at the world of ghouls and monsters doesn’t come close to having the same zing as the first or second. Rick Bentley, Detroit Free Press, "Review: ‘Hotel Transylvania 3’ is a little short on zing," 12 July 2018 Then, accessorize with an offbeat and oh-so-chic interpretation on something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue. Rachel Waldman, Vogue, "Say “I Do” in an Unconventional (Yet Still Chic!) Country Wedding Look," 30 Apr. 2018 The Stumptown Twilight is scheduled for June 15, also at L&C. Wheating, who has an offbeat sense of humor and some skill as a filmmaker, apparently will ensure Portland Track and both meets will have a big social media presence. Ken Goe,, "Andrew Wheating makes Portland Track lively on social media; Oregon track & field rundown," 22 Mar. 2018 The highlights were Raf Simons’s takes on men’s couture mixed with ravewear, Rei Kawakubo’s offbeat suiting at Comme des Garçons, and Sarah Burton’s spectacular embroidery technique for Alexander McQueen. Michael Philouze, Vogue, "A Vogue Editor’s Diary of Paris’s Spring 2019 Men’s Shows," 26 June 2018 Among the offbeat categories are: King and Queen of Swag, Best Cannon, Heavy Hitter and Sickest Moves. Chuck Barney, Detroit Free Press, "TV highlights for the week of July 15-21," 14 July 2018 Our destination was slightly offbeat, adding to its appeal. Jenna Russell,, "There is magic in those Jekyll Island oaks," 21 June 2018 While Dracula zings again, this third offering in the offbeat look at the world of ghouls and monsters doesn't come close to having the same zing as the first or second offering. Rick Bentley,, "'Hotel Transylvania 3' review: Monsters aboard the Love Boat," 12 July 2018 Moshfegh, the author of Homesick for Another World and Eileen, which was shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Man Booker Prize, has a knack for creating offbeat characters who don’t fit into neat categories. Hope Reese, Longreads, "A Person Alone: Leaning Out with Ottessa Moshfegh," 5 July 2018

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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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The first known use of offbeat was in 1901

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English Language Learners Definition of offbeat

: different from the ordinary, usual, or expected

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