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

turn 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

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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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

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 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

While the Emmys weren’t as political as other Hollywood events have been during the Trump era – there were enough anti-conservative moments to turn off many average Americans. Brian Flood, Fox News, "Emmy Awards roasted for mocking Middle America, ratings hit all-time low," 18 Sep. 2018 Our hero doesn’t have the computer access to enter the place, and the only path to turning off the security is outside on the top of one of the wind turbines powering the skyscraper. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "'Skyscraper': 5 totally preposterous moments where Dwayne Johnson has to save the day," 11 July 2018 Investors chat near an electronic board which was turned off after China’s stock markets were closed at a brokerage house in Beijing, Thursday, July 5, 2018. Washington Post, "China’s bravado belies worries over trade clashes with US," 5 July 2018 The farmers, who often do the milking themselves or with family members and work 12 to 16 hours a day, tell him about the electricity being turned off and not having money for groceries. NBC News, "Best advice to U.S. dairy farmers? 'Sell out as fast as you can'," 30 June 2018 Guzman's mother lowered the camera for a moment to turn off the leaf blower. Avi Selk, courant.com, "'Rapist!' she yelled at a Hispanic man. 'She's quoting the president,' he thought.," 28 June 2018 In other cases, the assessor has refused to lower assessments on commercial property owned by landlord who have turned off potential tenants by not taking care of their buildings, Shaer notes. Ben Joravsky, Chicago Reader, "Time to yank Trump’s wretched name off his tower—or make him pay more taxes," 25 June 2018 Algeria isn’t the only country to turn off the digital taps in an effort to curb cheating. Eli Meixler, Time, "Algeria Shuts Off Internet Access Nationwide to Combat Cheating on Exams," 20 June 2018 The road climbs steeply to the east from the floor of Owens Valley, following an old wagon route to Cedar Flats where White Mountain Road turn off to the left. Ernie Cowan, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Wonders await in the White Mountains," 16 June 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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a knickknack or trinket

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