turnoff

noun
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

verb
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

But the challenges in delivering food quickly and fresh are even greater for coffee, and delivery fees are likely to be a turnoff for customers placing small orders. Paul Page, WSJ, "Today’s Logistics Report: Exports Pull Back; Brexit’s Inventory Build; Getting Coffee to Go," 14 Dec. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Sipping on Som was my visual cue to put my phone away, turn off the TV, and get ready for bed. Southern Living, "I Drank a Sleep Aid Drink at Bedtime for a Week and Here's What Happened," 23 May 2018 The good news is that a recent academic study indicated that Sinclair’s propaganda turns off viewers. Chas Danner, Daily Intelligencer, "News Anchors Reciting Sinclair Propaganda Is Even More Terrifying in Unison," 1 Apr. 2018 By then, Foote had pacers leading him up the hill, including Nelson, which allowed him to turn off his brain and focus on putting one foot in front of the other. Elliott D. Woods, Outside Online, "How Mike Foote Set an Obscure 24-Hour Skiing Record," 20 Mar. 2018 Many of the apps were so poorly documented and fragile that they were simply turned off. Sara Castellanos, WSJ, "Juniper Networks CIO Reflects on 7-Year Cloud Initiative," 11 Feb. 2019 The hospital system does not know who shut off the alarm or why it was turned off, NBC News reported. Ginger Christ And Julie Washington, cleveland.com, "Human error may be at fault in University Hospitals' fertility clinic failure, 4,000 eggs, embryos ruined," 27 Mar. 2018 He’ll be counted upon only to win games, but also to win back fans turned off by the owner’s aversion to change. Joe Kay, The Seattle Times, "With wait over, Bengals hire Zac Taylor as coach," 4 Feb. 2019 Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency said in a news release that workers have turned off nearly 8,600 meters that were impacted, cleared homes of gas and restored electricity. Fox News, "Residents allowed to return home following Massachusetts gas explosions, governor says," 16 Sep. 2018 However, the network has expressed some concern that Barr's outspoken support of Trump might turn off viewers who dislike the president. Yvonne Villarreal, latimes.com, "'Roseanne' revival helps ABC stage a comeback in the ratings," 15 May 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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