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


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

3a : dismiss, discharge

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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Synonyms & Antonyms for turnoff

Synonyms: Verb

deactivate, kill, shut off

Antonyms: Verb

activate, actuate, crank (up), drive, move, propel, run, set off, spark, start, touch off, trigger, turn on

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Examples of turnoff in a Sentence


His strong cologne was a real turnoff.


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

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 The turnoff to it and Kokee Lodge is just beyond mile marker 15 on the highway. Jay Jones, latimes.com, "Where to hike in Kauai to one of the wettest spots on the planet," 18 June 2018 Best ways to get there: Drive through Yosemite National Park and over Tioga Pass to U.S. 395, and then drive south for 30 miles to the Highway 203 turnoff for Mammoth Lakes. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "Trails, camps, lakes open for summer in Land of Muir," 17 June 2018 Directly across the highway is the turnoff for the Rim Road. Roger Naylor, azcentral, "Cool off this summer at these lakes near Payson," 8 June 2018 State television is a turnoff for most of the public. Jim Michaels, USA TODAY, "While the world is inundated with summit news, North Koreans are told almost nothing," 8 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

When there's a wind energy surplus, like the one that happened in Texas in 2016, wind turbines risk being turned off. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Tesla Is Revving Up to Build the World's Largest Battery Farm in California," 2 July 2018 Temperatures will be in the 50s and low 60s overnight, providing an opportunity to turn off the air conditioner, open the windows and let the fresh air in. Gary Lessor, courant.com, "Monday Hot, But Not A Record; Cooler On Tuesday," 18 June 2018 Zacinlo also contains sophisticated abilities to update itself and receive instructions from its command server to turn off services within your PC, Bitdefender said. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "S5Mark is a 'VPN' that is actually a rootkit in disguise, BitDefender says," 18 June 2018 The Tamagotchi offers the option to turn off the sound. Sarah Jeong, The Verge, "My Tamagotchi is everything that went wrong with our future," 17 June 2018 So is Elon Musk a Sim who has managed to avoid being turned off by being entertaining and praiseworthy? Eben Weiss, Outside Online, "Let's Fire Elon Musk Into Space," 31 May 2018 The traditional wisdom is that to win, Democrats need to make a play for the white working class and moderate white suburbanites turned off by Trump. Amelia Harnish, refinery29.com, "May The Best Stacey Win: Why The Georgia Primary Is So Important," 22 May 2018 There’s no Death Star or Starkiller Base, no Imperial vessel or HQ that needs to be infiltrated in order to turn off a shield or tractor beam or interstellar tracker. Christopher Orr, The Atlantic, "Solo: Finally a Star Wars Movie That's Not a Rehash of Star Wars," 15 May 2018 Apple HomePod disappoints with slow sales A subsequent update to iOS 11 now provide more details about battery health as a result, and give owners the option to turn off the slowdown, though that leaves them subject to the sudden reboots. Dwight Silverman, Houston Chronicle, "Wait may be over for iPhone replacement batteries," 10 May 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of turnoff

: a road that allows vehicles to leave a highway

: something that you dislike or that causes you to stop being interested in or attracted to someone or something

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