turn·​off | \ ˈtərn-ˌȯf How to pronounce turnoff (audio) \

Definition of turnoff

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a place where one turns off especially : exit sense 4
2 : one that causes loss of interest or enthusiasm the music was a turnoff
3 : a turning off

turn off

turned off; turning off; turns off

Definition of turn off (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to stop the flow of or shut off by or as if by turning a control turn the water off
2 : to cause to lose interest : bore economics turns me off also : to evoke a negative feeling in
b : to dispose of : sell
4 : deflect, evade
7a : to remove (material) by the process of turning
b : to shape or produce by turning

intransitive verb

1 : to deviate from a straight course or from a main road turn off into a side road
2a British : to turn bad : spoil
b : to change to a specified state : become
3 : to lose interest : withdraw

Examples of turnoff in a Sentence

Noun His strong cologne was a real turnoff. Verb that memorably bad meal turned me off about restaurant food for a while turn off at the third exit and follow the ramp to your left
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Perfume scents and pebbly textures can be a turnoff to some cats. Ali Kessler, Good Housekeeping, 29 June 2022 These questions can be a major turnoff to candidates, especially senior ones. Tigran Sloyan, Forbes, 29 Dec. 2021 Strong winds sent embers across U.S. Route 89, the main route to the turnoff for the Grand Canyon’s east rim entrance, through the Navajo Nation and up into Utah. Felicia Fonseca, Anchorage Daily News, 14 June 2022 New research reveals that linking diversity to corporate profits may be a turnoff for the underrepresented individuals the organizations are trying to attract. Kim Elsesser, Forbes, 20 June 2022 The sector’s high valuations are considered a turnoff in a risk-off market. Dan Gallagher, WSJ, 3 Mar. 2022 However, this — among other actions — can come off as inauthentic and may actually be a turnoff for potential customers, rendering your marketing efforts wholly ineffective. Rolling Stone Culture Council, Rolling Stone, 31 May 2022 The movie’s aggressive hipness can be a turnoff at times. Noel Murray, Los Angeles Times, 29 Apr. 2022 A few miles south of town is the turnoff for Patagonia Lake State Park. Roger Naylor, The Arizona Republic, 4 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The very real risk that Moscow could turn off the taps has energized the bloc to find alternate energy sources and rapidly fill its gas storage facilities ahead of winter. Anna Cooban, CNN, 26 July 2022 Klarides has campaigned with caution, aware that being too aggressive in a primary could turn off elements of a GOP base. Mark Pazniokas, Hartford Courant, 24 July 2022 Factories are scrambling to find alternatives to Russian energy under threat that Moscow could abruptly turn off the gas spigot, bringing production to a halt. Matthew Dalton, WSJ, 13 June 2022 The law requires companies to offer a way for users to turn off recommendation algorithms that use their personal data to tailor content. New York Times, 22 Apr. 2022 Its 5-inch screen fits well at the bedside thanks to a physical camera cover and the diminutive display's ability to dim automatically or turn off. Corey Gaskin, Ars Technica, 12 July 2022 Just take a day off and turn off all electronic devices. Expert Panel, Forbes, 12 July 2022 Seven & i Holdings has instructed 7-Eleven stores around Tokyo to dim signboards and turn off ventilation fans in the kitchen when not in use (a good policy any time of year). Eamon Barrett, Fortune, 5 July 2022 If the burner seems too weak, roast the peppers first and turn off the main grill before lighting the side burner. Karoline Boehm Goodnick, BostonGlobe.com, 5 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of turnoff


circa 1852, in the meaning defined at sense 3


1564, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 3a

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“Turnoff.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turnoff. Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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