turn·off | \ˈtərn-ˌȯf \

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

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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

3a : dismiss, discharge

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

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Synonyms & Antonyms for turnoff

Synonyms: Verb

deactivate, kill, shut off

Antonyms: Verb

activate, actuate, crank (up), drive, move, propel, run, set off, spark, start, touch off, trigger, turn on

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Examples of turnoff in a Sentence


His strong cologne was a real turnoff.


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

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 The idea of her dominating you like that might be a huge turnoff. Steve & Mia, Philly.com, "Steve & Mia: How to broach an unusual sex request," 12 July 2018 The turnoff is at Castella, bound for Castle Crags State Park. Tom Stienstra, San Francisco Chronicle, "Castle Crags’ spectacular little seen world," 5 Apr. 2018 Sloppy kisses are a huge turnoff, so don’t go overboard with the tongue, especially at first. Yerin Kim, Seventeen, "11 Mistakes to Avoid During a Hot Makeout Sesh," 12 June 2018 The turnoff to it and Kokee Lodge is just beyond mile marker 15 on the highway. Jay Jones, latimes.com, "Where to hike in Kauai to one of the wettest spots on the planet," 18 June 2018 Best ways to get there: Drive through Yosemite National Park and over Tioga Pass to U.S. 395, and then drive south for 30 miles to the Highway 203 turnoff for Mammoth Lakes. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "Trails, camps, lakes open for summer in Land of Muir," 17 June 2018 Directly across the highway is the turnoff for the Rim Road. Roger Naylor, azcentral, "Cool off this summer at these lakes near Payson," 8 June 2018 State television is a turnoff for most of the public. Jim Michaels, USA TODAY, "While the world is inundated with summit news, North Koreans are told almost nothing," 8 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Also, try to conserve electricity by turning off the fan or air conditioner when not at home or in the office. Temi Adebowale, Country Living, "A Dangerous Heat Wave Is Coming to the Northeast This Weekend," 29 June 2018 Individuals can reduce their contributions by turning off their vehicle's engine rather than idling. Kate Talerico, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville had worst air quality in country last weekend," 21 June 2018 Conserve energy by turning off lights or setting the air conditioner to 75 degrees or above. Thomas Leyden, Indianapolis Star, "Sizzling Father's Day: Heat index heading to 100," 17 June 2018 The point is to use technology in the way that’s best for you; aside from going black and white, other small changes, like turning off notifications, arranging apps by importance, and deleting distracting ones, could help too. Rob Tutton, Health.com, "The Surprisingly Easy Trick That Can Help You Use Your Phone a Little Bit Less," 14 June 2018 That theory is that Zaharie, a veteran pilot, depressurized the plane after turning off its transponder. Washington Post, BostonGlobe.com, "Investigators insist MH370 crash was an accident, not a mass murder-suicide by pilot," 22 May 2018 Among other things, he's accused of turning off his patrol car's dashboard camera is some of the stops. Fox News, "State trooper accused of pulling women over to ask for dates," 19 Apr. 2018 One easy way to start is by turning off notifications or turning your phone to grayscale. Nitasha Tiku, WIRED, "The WIRED Guide to Internet Addiction," 18 Apr. 2018 The department now bans officers from turning off or muting cameras in most instances. CBS News, "Police thought motionless Stephon Clark may be armed and "pretending," video shows," 17 Apr. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of turnoff

: 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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one that holds something together

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