off·​sea·​son ˈȯf-ˌsē-zᵊn How to pronounce offseason (audio)
variants or less commonly off-season
plural offseasons also off-seasons
: a time of suspended or reduced activity
It's cheaper to visit the area during the offseason.
off-season travel
especially : the time during which an athlete is not training or competing
During the offseason, he put on another eight pounds of muscle and when he got to spring training, his Red Sox uniform was too tight. Mel Antonen
After undergoing arthroscopic surgery in the off-season, Hardaway says he's ready to put last year's disappointment behind him. Marty Burns
an offseason football trade
off-season training
off-season adverb
or less commonly offseason
traveling off-season

Examples of offseason in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The second-year team, after being loudly optimistic in the offseason, started 0-3 that included a 3-0 throttling to Atlanta in Bank of America Stadium and that resulted in Lattanzio apologizing to the fan base. Alex Zietlow, Charlotte Observer, 17 June 2024 Last offseason Connor Williams was holding out from the team’s OTA work and minicamp sessions while lobbying for a new contract from the Miami Dolphins, and the team was without its starting center for the entire offseason program. Omar Kelly, Miami Herald, 17 June 2024 Still, the Chargers will enter training camp near the end of July flush with confidence cultivated during the offseason program by, most of all, new head coach Jim Harbaugh. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 17 June 2024 An offseason that began with swirling speculation about the Giants’ draft plans has since turned its focus to the unexcused — and, for the most part, unexplained — absence of Aaron Rodgers at the Jets’ mandatory minicamp last week. Peter Sblendorio, New York Daily News, 17 June 2024 Buggs’ arrest Sunday only continued a tumultuous Chiefs offseason. Jesse Newell, Kansas City Star, 16 June 2024 Luis Muriel, an offseason signing who has yet not lived up to expectations, brought Orlando City back in the 69th minute with an inch-perfect pass to Ojeda. Kyle Foley, Orlando Sentinel, 16 June 2024 Six Flags Great Adventure is only open daily in summer (meaning, until Labor Day), and the hotel will be open only on select dates in the offseason. Alena Botros, Fortune, 16 June 2024 In the offseason, only 30 minutes away from each other, Clay still sometimes throws to Cody at his old high school in Arizona. Meghan Montemurro, Chicago Tribune, 16 June 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1847, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of offseason was in 1847

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Cite this Entry

“Offseason.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

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: a time when some activity is suspended or reduced
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