turnoff

noun turn·off \ ˈtərn-ˌȯf \
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

Definition of turnoff

1 : a place where one turns off; especially : exit 4
2 : one that causes loss of interest or enthusiasm
  • the music was a turnoff
3 : a turning off

Examples of turnoff in a Sentence

  1. His strong cologne was a real turnoff.

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First Known Use of turnoff

circa 1852

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turn off

verb

Definition of turn off

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
6 : hang 1b
7 a : 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
2 a British : to turn bad : spoil
b : to change to a specified state : become
3 : to lose interest : withdraw

Examples of turn off in a Sentence

  1. that memorably bad meal turned me off about restaurant food for a while

  2. turn off at the third exit and follow the ramp to your left

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First Known Use of turn off

1564


TURNOFF Defined for English Language Learners

turnoff

noun

Definition of turnoff for English Language Learners

  • : a road that allows vehicles to leave a highway

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


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