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

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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 And Musk's obsession with bitcoin and dogecoin, along with other extracurricular activities like hosting Saturday Night Live and constantly tweeting, might be a turnoff for some investors and analysts. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, 24 June 2021 Chimney Rock and the nearby Point Reyes Lighthouse are still enough of a draw that the Park Service is enforcing a visitor quota on weekends past the turnoff at Drakes Beach Road. Tom Stienstra, San Francisco Chronicle, 1 Apr. 2021 While a successful franchise can give writers job stability, many see formulaic procedurals as a creative turnoff. Suzanne Vranica, WSJ, 24 May 2021 Officials in Springfield and some of the county’s small towns say the incident, broadcast on local television news, was a turnoff to vaccine seekers. BostonGlobe.com, 22 May 2021 But, according to some major new research released today, these values can be a turnoff for the general public. Washington Post, 14 Apr. 2021 These trails are wide enough to keep your distance and allow enough space to find a quiet turnoff. Los Angeles Times, 4 Mar. 2021 The Canadian government also has the ability to regulate drug and vaccine pricing—another turnoff. Tracey Lindeman, The Atlantic, 6 Apr. 2021 But for the men who followed, my condition was a turnoff, a defect that rendered me not only less of a woman but actually undatable. Katharine Smyth, The Atlantic, 26 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb When the egg is ready, turn off the heat and leave the egg to sit, covered, for 5 minutes before removing. Janelle Bitker, San Francisco Chronicle, 8 July 2021 So just turn off your phone, mute your notifications, stay away from social media as needed. USA TODAY, 2 July 2021 When stopped, turn off your lights, set your emergency brake and take your foot off the brake. Michael Donohue, The Arizona Republic, 30 June 2021 If electrical circuits and electrical equipment get wet or are in or near water, turn off the power at the main breaker or fuse on the service panel, according to the CDC. Emma Stein, Detroit Free Press, 30 June 2021 After friends arrive or before the performance starts – whatever comes first - turn off ringtones. Marc Bona, cleveland, 27 June 2021 During a windy stretch, a cargo vessel could turn off its engines and be propelled entirely by the wind. New York Times, 24 June 2021 Too much negative emotion can turn off customers completely. Valentin Saitarli, Forbes, 6 Apr. 2021 Meanwhile, subversive Hollywood takes such as Noah or The Last Temptation of Christ turn off Christians who prize the authority of scripture. Chris Deville, The Atlantic, 27 June 2021

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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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The first known use of turnoff was in 1564

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14 Jul 2021

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“Turnoff.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turnoff. Accessed 23 Jul. 2021.

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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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