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

Keep scrolling for more

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
See More

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Power shutoffs | Noah Berger / The Chronicle 2018 Anyone who gets electricity from Pacific Gas and Electric Co. could be affected this year if the utility intentionally turns off power lines to prevent them from starting a wildfire. Kurtis Alexander, San Francisco Chronicle, "Can California avoid a third year of fire catastrophe? Here’s what’s been fixed — and what hasn’t," 20 June 2019 On June 3rd the Transitional Military Council, which took over after Mr Bashir’s fall, turned off the internet and phone networks. The Economist, "Pro-democracy protesters are slaughtered in Khartoum," 6 June 2019 Red-light cameras are now banned in Texas and the city of Sugar Land immediately turned off the cameras in its city limits. Roy Kent, Houston Chronicle, "Sugar Land turns off red-light cameras," 3 June 2019 Track also turns off the audio system, blacks out the central screen, and severely limits the information shown to the driver in the gauge cluster and head-up display, which both get new designs. Daniel Golson, Car and Driver, "The 2020 BMW M8 Will Have Adjustable Brake-Pedal Feel," 9 May 2019 Idai came ashore as a weak tropical storm in northern Mozambique and then wandered back out into the channel before doing a u-turn off the western coast of Madagascar March 11. National Geographic, "Why Cyclone Idai was so destructive," 19 Mar. 2019 After conferring with technicians on the ground, the flight crew turned off one of the ADIRUs and the plane’s tendency to dive went away. Jeff Wise, Popular Mechanics, "4 Times Before the Boeing 737 Max 8 That Plane Automation Software Went Haywire," 18 Mar. 2019 Mccan recommends keeping the temperature of an unoccupied house above at least 60 degrees, as pipes freezing often occurs when people go on vacation and turn off the heat in the house. Maya Mcdowell, House Beautiful, "How To Prevent Your Pipes From Freezing In This Ridiculously Cold Weather," 24 Jan. 2019 And then, in absolute silence, Sheldon turns off the light, walks to the bedroom, and the scene fades to black. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, "The Big Bang Theory," 6 Dec. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'turnoff.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about turnoff

Statistics for turnoff

Last Updated

16 Jun 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for turnoff

The first known use of turnoff was in 1564

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for turnoff

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

More from Merriam-Webster on turnoff

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with turnoff

Comments on turnoff

What made you want to look up turnoff? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to take the place or position of

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words for Summer: A Quiz

  • a closeup of a sunflower
  • Which of the following words means “of or relating to summer”?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!