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 Forward Carli Lloyd nearly added another goal in 82nd minute, but she was called offside after slipping behind the backline a step too soon on a free kick. Julia Poe,, 11 June 2021 Tommy Sarni added a goal after winning a ground ball near the Hingham net, then Michael Ayers put the game away with a deep goal after Bellomy was caught offside while trying to clear., 30 May 2021 In Game 2, with the Wild up 2-0, a third goal was taken away after the Golden Knights challenged and the play was deemed offside. Sarah Mclellan, Star Tribune, 23 May 2021 However, the France international was adjudged to have leaned offside from the deep cross, leaving Real still behind. Ben Morse, CNN, 22 May 2021 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, 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, 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,, 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, 6 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of offside

1864, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of offside was in 1864

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21 Jun 2021

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“Offside.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 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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