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 Officials ruled that Johnson was a hair offside, leaving the game a 1-0 Bruins lead. Matt Porter,, "Observations from Bruins’ win over Lightning," 3 Mar. 2020 Brad Marchand tipped a puck into Detroit’s net midway through the second period but after the Wings successfully challenged Marchand was offside. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Red Wings' Jonathan Bernier delivers big performance in 3-1 upset win over Bruins," 9 Feb. 2020 Then on third down, Hodges forced Browns defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson to jump offside, giving Pittsburgh a free downfield shot. Ellis L. Williams, cleveland, "Freddie Kitchens wants his cornerbacks to ‘attack the ball’ more, so what went wrong for the Browns secondary in Pittsburgh?," 3 Dec. 2019 On the previous play, safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix had lined up offside, shortening a third-and-5 for the Lions to third-and-inches. Dan Wiederer,, "Column: Could the Bears’ Thanksgiving rally vs. the Lions have big-picture significance?," 28 Nov. 2019 But a video review said Orlando forward Tesho Akindele was ruled offside, making the play void. Andy Greder, Twin Cities, "Minnesota United salvages a point in a wild finish to a 1-1 draw with Orlando," 17 Aug. 2019 Jordan Smith jumped offside on an FAU third down at the 28-yard line and was called for an unnecessary hit on Robison after the play was called dead. Evan Dudley, al, "Rewinding UAB’s 49-6 loss to FAU in 2019 C-USA title game," 7 Dec. 2019 Michigan responded by forcing the Buckeyes into a punting situation, but Khaleke Hudson and Jordan Glasgow jumped offside on the punt, giving the Buckeyes a new set of downs. Chris Thomas, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football wilts against Ohio State, 56-27: Here's how Wolverines lost the big one," 30 Nov. 2019 Aptos lined up for extra point, but King’s Academy jumped offside. Mitch Stephens,, "Valley Christian beats St. Ignatius in CCS playoffs," 23 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of offside

1864, in the meaning defined above

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24 Mar 2020

Cite this Entry

“Offside.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Apr. 2020.

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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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