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 On the play before the pick-six, defensive tackle Malik McDowell lined up offside. Nate Ulrich, USA TODAY, 7 Nov. 2021 The Revolution spent much of the early going trying to make an extra pass and missing connections, or being played offside. Frank Dell’apa,, 4 July 2022 The Pioneers delivered strong checks throughout the period, and U-M struggled to find any offensive flow while also going offside to halt a few odd-man advantages. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, 8 Apr. 2022 However, the Gilbert North sideline was incensed that it was not called offside. Ian Garcia, The Arizona Republic, 19 Feb. 2022 Gonzalo Higuain appeared to break through in the second half to blast a shot into the net, but it was called offside immediately. Julia Poe,, 28 Aug. 2021 But Wisconsin got a free first down on that play when Arizona State lined up offside while out of timeouts. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 6 Jan. 2022 Helix quarterback Ryland Jessee tried to get the Mater Dei defense to jump offside, but the Crusaders wouldn’t bite. John Maffei, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Dec. 2021 On a fourth down, Bonner got the defense to jump offside and then lofted a pass to Derek Wright who hauled it in for a 38-yard touchdown. The Salt Lake Tribune, 23 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of offside

1864, in the meaning defined above

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“Offside.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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