turnoff

noun
turn·​off | \ ˈtərn-ˌȯf \

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

verb

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

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Hold the Hairspray Nothing is a bigger turnoff than helmet head. Good Housekeeping, "Valentine's Day 2019," 15 Jan. 2014 Where: From Flagstaff, drive north on U.S. 180 for about 25 miles to the marked turnoff on the left (near mile marker 247). Roger Naylor, azcentral, "Kid-friendly hikes around Arizona: Hit the trail with your family this summer," 28 June 2018 That’s always been his major turnoff among many working-class voters in Labour’s traditional base. Joseph C. Sternberg, WSJ, "How an Accident Could Happen in Britain," 27 Sep. 2018 The turnoff was still called Marine World Parkway for more than a decade, even after the shiny cylindrical Oracle office towers rose to the sky. Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle, "Marine World/Africa U.S.A. is gone, but the legend grows," 9 Mar. 2018 To reach the Point of the Mountain Vista rest area from the CR 4124 turnoff, continue 2.3 miles east on SR 260 to SR 261, past mile marker 393. Mare Czinar, azcentral, "Arizona hike: Wildlife abounds on the South Fork Trail," 19 June 2018 The idea of her dominating you like that might be a huge turnoff. Steve & Mia, Philly.com, "Steve & Mia: How to broach an unusual sex request," 12 July 2018 The turnoff is at Castella, bound for Castle Crags State Park. Tom Stienstra, San Francisco Chronicle, "Castle Crags’ spectacular little seen world," 5 Apr. 2018 Sloppy kisses are a huge turnoff, so don’t go overboard with the tongue, especially at first. Yerin Kim, Seventeen, "11 Mistakes to Avoid During a Hot Makeout Sesh," 12 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Shut off the heating and cooling systems in the room, and turn off the electrical power. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Remove a Popcorn Ceiling," 25 Jan. 2019 Apparently, a lot of folks turned off their TVs a little too soon last night, because many were wondering if Randall had won the election by morning. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "The Best 'This Is Us' Recap of Episode 10 From Season 3," 16 Jan. 2019 Image With tariffs driving up the price of stainless steel, the precision-part manufacturer Accu-Swiss in Oakdale, Calif., came up with a plan to save money: turn off the lights but keep the machines on. Patricia Cohen, New York Times, "Tariffs? Time for a Plan B: ‘Gobble Up Every Bit of Material That I Can’," 5 July 2018 The Trump tariffs could turn off the lights at America’s last nail factory. NBC News, "First Read's Morning Clips: Steyer goes big in Florida," 29 June 2018 Everyone seems quite turned off by Amber wanting to work and speak on more serious Aldovian issues — much like Meghan raised eyebrows (and made headlines) for voicing her political opinions. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "All the Meghan Markle References in A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding," 1 Dec. 2018 For an oven fire, keep the door closed and turn off the heat. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "No, Water Won't Put Out a Grease Fire, But This Will," 20 Nov. 2018 Now, just turning off the dialog box won’t block the cookies. Ashley Carman, The Verge, "Opera will block those annoying cookie dialog boxes on its Android app," 6 Nov. 2018 Ariana turned off comments on her Instagram yesterday but will now only be active on Snapchat. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Did Ariana Grande’s Fans Drive Pete Davidson To Quit Instagram?," 24 July 2018

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First Known Use of turnoff

Noun

circa 1852, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Verb

1564, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 3a

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turnoff

noun

English Language Learners Definition of turnoff

: a road that allows vehicles to leave a highway
informal : something that you dislike or that causes you to stop being interested in or attracted to someone or something

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