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 Between ogling the mountains and curious rock deposits, keep an eye out for the easy-to-miss turnoff for the Roadrunner Trail on the left. Mare Czinar, azcentral, "Every great thing about the Sonoran Desert is on display in this easy hike," 15 Jan. 2020 But with the Pistons winning games by scoring 90.1 points, 24th in the league and a turnoff for TV viewers, the league instituted rules against forearm checking by perimeter defenders. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "For Detroit Pistons fans, former NBA commissioner David Stern leaves complicated legacy," 1 Jan. 2020 Blizzard conditions closed the Seward Highway between Indian and the Hope turnoff on Wednesday morning before eventually reopening that afternoon. Morgan Krakow, Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage breaks snow record for New Year’s Day following the warmest Dec. 31," 2 Jan. 2020 The grip angle on Glocks is a big turnoff to some shooters. Tyler Freel, Outdoor Life, "9 Great Grizzly Guns for Brown Bear Hunting and Backcountry Defense," 19 Nov. 2019 Not everyone has the same love of holiday decorations, and poorly maintained, tacky, or overly religious displays can be a turnoff for potential buyers. Moneytips.com, cleveland, "7 tips for selling your home during the holidays," 14 Dec. 2019 For many of the story’s subjects, the jacket seemed to be a turnoff. Chicago Tribune Staff, chicagotribune.com, "Daywatch: Why Lightfoot fired Chicago’s top cop, adults with disabilities left waiting 7 years for state services and proper etiquette for weed-themed gifts," 3 Dec. 2019 Farther ahead, an obvious turnoff leads to a cave decorated with petroglyphs. Shawnté Salabert, Outside Online, "The Ultimate Joshua Tree National Park Travel Guide," 28 Oct. 2019 But former smokers who now vape say that flavored e-liquids are key to their appeal because vaping a liquid that tastes like tobacco is a real turnoff. Laurence Darmiento, chicagotribune.com, "The LA vape shop scene was booming. Those days are over," 10 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Of course, seeing two political ads in a night that is built on entertainment could turn off some viewers. Nick Corasaniti, New York Times, "Watch Bloomberg and Trump’s Very Different Super Bowl Ads," 30 Jan. 2020 Sometimes fishing vessels vanish: Captains turn off beacons that broadcast their locations, leaving regulators wondering whether the boats are fishing illegally. Erik Stokstad, Science | AAAS, "Seabird ‘cops’ spy on sneaky fishing vessels," 27 Jan. 2020 When the seeds make popping noises, turn off the heat. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, "Toasted black sesame seeds give this Italian classic a nuttier flavor," 6 Dec. 2019 In honor of him, please turn off a light and don't keep the fridge door open too long. courant.com, "Alfred Lyle Krause," 28 Nov. 2019 Have your daughter turn off all electronic devices at least 30 to 60 minutes before bedtime. Mayo Clinic News Network, chicagotribune.com, "Address habits that may interfere with child’s sleep," 8 Nov. 2019 That can turn off a seller who’s ready to close pronto, but others may not care. Boston.com Real Estate, "Mortgage programs help buyers who take on fixer-uppers," 1 Oct. 2019 Over the next several months the county will turn off the electronic signs and beacons that were installed decades ago and remove them. Gary Richards, The Mercury News, "Carpool lights will be removed on San Tomas Expressway: Roadshow," 16 Sep. 2019 If there's ever a system failure, leak, or fluctuation in water quality, an alert will be sent via text message and automatically turn off any component that may be affected. Selena Barrientos, House Beautiful, "Infinity Aquarium Design Will Make You Want a $55,000 Fish Tank," 14 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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24 Feb 2020

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“Turnoff.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turnoff. Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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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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