adverb or adjective
off·​side | \ ˈȯf-ˈsīd How to pronounce offside (audio) \

Definition of offside

: illegally in advance of the ball or puck

Examples of offside in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ekblad appeared to win the game for Florida with 44.2 seconds remaining in overtime on a one-timer on the rush, but the goal was disallowed after a video review ruled him offside. Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, "Stars’ inability to win consecutive games has Dallas hovering in mediocrity after OT loss to Panthers," 28 Mar. 2021 Mahomes has become one of the best in the NFL at drawing defenses offside, using hard counts in mostly empty stadiums to force a penalty. Mark Heim |, al, "Chiefs vs. Dolphins live stream (12/13): How to watch Tagovailoa vs. Mahomes online, TV, time," 13 Dec. 2020 On the next play, Taysom Hill got the Bears to jump offside (more on that later), setting up a touchdown drive. Luke Johnson,, "Saints rewatch: How the Saints took complete control in the 2nd half vs Chicago," 12 Jan. 2021 Tide center Landon Dickerson, who didn’t shy away from pointing at the guilty party when LSU twice jumped offside, even tried his hand at a post-whistle flop after engaging with a Tiger lineman. Michael Casagrande |, al, "Alabama revenge win got ‘chippy,’ ended with online jabs," 6 Dec. 2020 The offensive unit quickly ran off the field and, at that point, the Cougars jumped offside. Drew Champlin, al, "Physical Mountain Brook downs Clay-Chalkville 21-10 in 6A playoffs," 21 Nov. 2020 The series was extended by another Chargers miscue on special teams when Quenton Meeks went offside on a field-goal attempt, giving Miami a first down at the Chargers’ five-yard line. Jeff Miller, Los Angeles Times, "Justin Herbert vs. Tua Tagovailoa ends with Chargers’ third consecutive loss," 15 Nov. 2020 With the Gamecocks facing second-and-goal at the 10, Auburn jumped offside and gave South Carolina a free play. Tom Green |, al, "Auburn beset by penalty problems through 4 weeks," 19 Oct. 2020 Gilbert Frierson gifted Pitt a first down, lining up offside on a fourth-down punt. David Furones,, "Ten things we learned in Miami Hurricanes’ 31-19 win over Pitt," 18 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of offside

1864, in the meaning defined above

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10 Apr 2021

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“Offside.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of offside

sports : in a position in a game (such as football or hockey) on the opponent's part of the field where you are not allowed to be : not onside
British : on the right side

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