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

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
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The sector’s high valuations are considered a turnoff in a risk-off market. Dan Gallagher, WSJ, 3 Mar. 2022 However, this — among other actions — can come off as inauthentic and may actually be a turnoff for potential customers, rendering your marketing efforts wholly ineffective. Rolling Stone Culture Council, Rolling Stone, 31 May 2022 The movie’s aggressive hipness can be a turnoff at times. Noel Murray, Los Angeles Times, 29 Apr. 2022 A few miles south of town is the turnoff for Patagonia Lake State Park. Roger Naylor, The Arizona Republic, 4 Apr. 2022 Undercutting that exposition with news of nature’s plight, however pertinent, would be a turnoff for readers and viewers, thereby alienating public support for conservation efforts. Washington Post, 25 Feb. 2022 The officers drove up the canyon and spotted tire tracks on a narrow turnoff. New York Times, 15 Apr. 2022 This should not be a 5,000-word form – that’s a turnoff. Bryan Pearson, Forbes, 11 Nov. 2021 Grab a $6 day pass at recreation.gov; then head down a dirt road, pass the turnoff for Buckskin Gulch Trailhead, and park at Wire Pass Trail. Kristin Scharkey, Sunset Magazine, 4 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Residents had begged the property managers for days to turn off the heat and turn on the air conditioning amid record-breaking temperatures, residents and family members said. Jake Sheridan, Chicago Tribune, 13 June 2022 Brown stressed the city won’t turn off water to low-income residents who ask for help and the water department began an aggressive door-to-door outreach campaign in April to educate residents at risk of shut-offs about its debt assistance programs. Nushrat Rahman And Malachi Barrett, Detroit Free Press, 13 June 2022 In Chicago, Hadden said the building's management company believed it was not allowed to turn off the heat and turn on the air conditioning until June 1, because of the city's heat ordinance. CBS News, 28 May 2022 In Chicago, Hadden said the building's management company believed it was not allowed to turn off the heat and turn on the air conditioning until June 1, because of the city's heat ordinance. Don Babwin, BostonGlobe.com, 28 May 2022 With the audience waiting eagerly in its seats, a familiar message echoes through the hall, reminding patrons to turn off phones and immerse themselves in the experience. CNN, 30 Apr. 2022 The rice cooker will automatically turn off once all the water boils off and the temperature starts to inch above 212°F. Nicole Papantoniou, Good Housekeeping, 29 Apr. 2022 Nearly 60% of women gamers use non-gender or male identities online to avoid being harassed, according to a Reach3 study, and in many cases, women turn off their mics and don’t communicate in game to protect themselves from harassment. Katherine Singh, refinery29.com, 16 Feb. 2022 Clear Channel plans to automatically dim the billboards during the evening, turn off the display between midnight and 6 a.m. and only use still content on the advertisements. Gwendolyn Wu, San Francisco Chronicle, 14 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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20 Jun 2022

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“Turnoff.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turnoff. Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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