offscreen

adverb or adjective off·screen \ ˈȯf-ˈskrēn \
variants: or off-screen
|Updated on: 12 Jun 2018

Definition of offscreen

1 : out of sight of the motion picture or television viewer
  • a shot fired offscreen
  • Before long, Anthony introduces himself to the family pooch, who is whooshed away to an off-screen death.
  • —Kris Turnquist
2 : in private life : when not appearing in a motion picture, on television, etc.
  • Pfeiffer, 34, remains a mystery woman offscreen.
  • —Michael A. Lipton
  • Moyer's off-screen magnetism comes from a down-to-earth friendliness.
  • —Kate Hahn

First Known Use of offscreen

1916

in the meaning defined at sense 2

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OFFSCREEN Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of offscreen for English Language Learners

  • : not happening or present in the scene that is being shown on a television or movie screen

  • of an actor : in private life


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