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


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

For fans who cringe at the rise in strikeouts, decrease in action and get restless sitting through 3 ½-hour marathons, the game’s dramatic evolution is becoming a turnoff. Joe Nguyen, The Denver Post, "Nuggets land Bol Bol: What the national media thought of Denver’s draft night," 24 June 2019 Private vehicles are not allowed beyond Canyon Junction, turnoff to the Zion-Mount Carmel Highway. Joe Yogerst, National Geographic, "Everything to know about Zion National Park," 9 May 2019 The fork leading to cnidarians represents the final turnoff before animals become bilaterally symmetric, which makes them an interesting group to study because of the greater complexity that came with that later innovation. Quanta Magazine, "Jellyfish Genome Hints That Complexity Isn’t Genetically Complex," 8 Jan. 2019 Just past the turnoff for the Horizon Mobile Village and RV Park, there’s no evidence of a multimillion-dollar project that will attract worldwide attention upon its completion. Tina Daunt, latimes.com, "Bob Hope house in Palm Springs, long an architectural footnote, approaches masterpiece status," 6 June 2019 Tucked between the turnoffs is the small but interesting Tusayan Museum with exhibits on local Native American culture. Joe Yogerst, National Geographic, "Everything to know about Grand Canyon National Park," 15 Mar. 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The fountain was turned off in 1977 during a drought. Doug Smith, latimes.com, "A long-forgotten relic of old L.A. is restored and ready for its closeup," 3 July 2019 The microphones of the previous set of moderators had not been turned off, Todd explained before cutting to commercial. Christina Prignano, BostonGlobe.com, "5 top moments from the first Democratic primary debate," 27 June 2019 The police officer’s body camera was turned off at the time. Tara Golshan, Vox, "Pete Buttigieg and the controversy around racial tensions in South Bend, explained," 27 June 2019 Watch all the daily shenanigans and hootenanny that happens when the cameras are turned off. Joey Nolfi, EW.com, "Yvie Oddly, Nina West, more Drag Race stars getting new reality shows," 27 June 2019 The line, which runs along the west side of the Feather River, has already been turned off since December. Camille Von Kaenel, The Mercury News, "PG&E permanently de-energizes transmission line that sparked Camp Fire," 20 June 2019 Older professionals and parents are especially turned off. Emma Hinchliffe, Fortune, "How 'Rock Star' Job Listings Keep Women Away: The Broadsheet," 14 June 2019 Additionally, all items were turned off including the Final Smash Meter. Luke Feliciano, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati teen Jonathan Hill headed to Las Vegas for GameWorks eSports tournament," 9 June 2019 There, his water was turned off and his bedding taken away. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Lawsuit: Two weeks after dehydration death in jail, water cut off from another inmate," 4 June 2019

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

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