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
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 There are turnoffs for Nob Hill Road, University Drive and Hillsboro Boulevard. Larry Barszewski, sun-sentinel.com, "Gator Acres could rise on edge of the Everglades," 25 Oct. 2019 The lake is right along Highway 88, 1.5 miles past the turnoff for Kirkwood Mountain Resort. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "Sierra campgrounds, lodges open for summer on Highway 88," 4 July 2019 And Trump's name has been a huge turnoff in liberal New York City. Shahien Nasiripour, chicagotribune.com, "Trump Tower now one of NYC’s least desirable luxury buildings," 6 Aug. 2019 Rating: Solid neighborhood option In Spring Branch, Beefy’s on the Green is both the landmark for the turnoff to Rebecca Creek and the place to fuel the body before or after a day of fishing, boating or paddleboarding on Canyon Lake. Mike Sutter, ExpressNews.com, "52 Weeks of Burgers: Beefy’s on the Green," 30 Aug. 2019 The trailhead is off Cal-Barrel Road, on the opposite side of the road from the turnoff to the visitor center. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "As crowds diminish, Prairie Creek Redwoods stands tall," 21 Aug. 2019 The movie isn’t even selling running as the best exercise: There’s no glassy-eyed mention of the runner’s high, or any of those other quasi-religious running-fanatic turnoffs. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "Brittany Runs a Marathon Is a Heartfelt Comedy About the Strides We Take Toward Self-Improvement," 21 Aug. 2019 Once a turnoff for corporate investment and development, many urban neighborhoods have become the most coveted places to be. Washington Post, "Trump says cities are ‘a mess.’ They’re actually enjoying a golden age.," 4 Aug. 2019 But the fractious nature of Wednesday’s debate was a turnoff for some of her supporters, such as Wendy Thomas, a Merrimack, N.H., state legislator. Los Angeles Times, "Cory Booker tries to turn his debate moment into momentum," 1 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb At rest, with the EcoDiesel idling but air conditioning/fan and music turned off, the sound level inside the Ram 1500 Limited’s cabin measured 44 dBA, as quiet (or quieter) than some gas full-size sedans. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "2020 Ram EcoDiesel is strong, silent, but how fuel-stingy will it be?," 6 Sep. 2019 The other was for having water turned off due to a detached pipe. Howard Koplowitz | Hkoplowitz@al.com, al.com, "The 10 worst restaurant health scores in Jefferson County for June 2019," 2 July 2019 When the eggs are mostly cooked but still a bit runny, turn off the heat and cover the skillet. BostonGlobe.com, "large plum tomatoes (about ¾ pound)," 17 Sep. 2019 Brown ultimately deleted his Twitter account and turned off the commenting feature on all of his Instagram posts. Laura Hanrahan, Woman's Day, "'Queer Eye' Star Karamo Brown Breaks His Silence After Controversial DWTS Comments," 6 Sep. 2019 Get in line, find bikes that look like mine to head out with, turn off the gas. Rasputin Todd, Cincinnati.com, "The first time I raced motorcycles, a breath at a time," 5 Sep. 2019 Most restaurants, beach shops and hotels were stacking chairs, aligning sandbags and turning off the vacancy signs. Kevin Spear, orlandosentinel.com, "Hurricane Dorian wrecks Labor Day break at Cocoa Beach and Cape Canaveral," 1 Sep. 2019 One distinction between Filmmaker Mode and just turning off the motion smoothing program on your television is that the new viewing experience will be activated automatically, so forget screen upon screen of menu options. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "Directors Are Killing the "Soap Opera Effect" for Good," 30 Aug. 2019 Users now can choose to remove this history from their accounts and turn off some or all of that tracking in the future. Washington Post, "Facebook unveils long-promised tool to limit what data it receives from third-party apps and websites," 20 Aug. 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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17 Nov 2019

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The first known use of turnoff was in 1564

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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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