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

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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

Rating: Solid neighborhood option In Spring Branch, Beefy’s on the Green is both the landmark for the turnoff to Rebecca Creek and the place to fuel the body before or after a day of fishing, boating or paddleboarding on Canyon Lake. Mike Sutter, ExpressNews.com, "52 Weeks of Burgers: Beefy’s on the Green," 30 Aug. 2019 The trailhead is off Cal-Barrel Road, on the opposite side of the road from the turnoff to the visitor center. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "As crowds diminish, Prairie Creek Redwoods stands tall," 21 Aug. 2019 The movie isn’t even selling running as the best exercise: There’s no glassy-eyed mention of the runner’s high, or any of those other quasi-religious running-fanatic turnoffs. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "Brittany Runs a Marathon Is a Heartfelt Comedy About the Strides We Take Toward Self-Improvement," 21 Aug. 2019 Once a turnoff for corporate investment and development, many urban neighborhoods have become the most coveted places to be. Washington Post, "Trump says cities are ‘a mess.’ They’re actually enjoying a golden age.," 4 Aug. 2019 But the fractious nature of Wednesday’s debate was a turnoff for some of her supporters, such as Wendy Thomas, a Merrimack, N.H., state legislator. Los Angeles Times, "Cory Booker tries to turn his debate moment into momentum," 1 Aug. 2019 The Fields is outside of town, down a country road with a turnoff that takes you into the blueberry fields. Terri Colby, chicagotribune.com, "New glamping spot in Michigan brings luxury to a blueberry farm," 11 July 2019 How to get there Hell’s Gate is located about nine miles from the turnoff from the Nairobi-Naivasha highway. National Geographic, "Visit the African park that inspired “The Lion King”," 11 July 2019 Just past the turnoff for the Horizon Mobile Village and RV Park, there’s no evidence of a multimillion-dollar project that will attract worldwide attention upon its completion. Tina Daunt, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column One: Bob Hope house in Palm Springs, long an architectural footnote, approaches masterpiece status," 8 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Critics worry the utility will turn off power too frequently, without regard for the dire consequences that lengthy outages could pose for businesses, first responders and people with disabilities. Dustin Gardiner, SFChronicle.com, "Wiener proposes legislation to limit PG&E shutoffs," 6 Sep. 2019 The Federal Aviation Administration prohibits airline passengers from stowing devices containing lithium batteries — such as those in cellphones, laptops and cameras — in checked luggage unless they are turned off and protected from damage. Los Angeles Times, "Surviving crew member thought phone charging station might have sparked boat fire," 5 Sep. 2019 While Andrew previously welcomed feedback from his followers on the platform, starting roughly three weeks ago, each of his postings has the comments turned off. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Prince Andrew Turns Off Comments on Instagram Amid Fall Out Over His Relationship with Jeffrey Epstein," 4 Sep. 2019 Writing in all lowercase is intended to signify a lack of stuffiness, and has become so popular that many people now turn off the autocorrect in their texting app that capitalizes the first letter of sentence. Dan Kopf, Quartzy, "The rise of all-lowercase and all-uppercase song titles," 21 Aug. 2019 When the hot-water tap is turned off, the heater shuts down, and therein lies the main benefit of tank-less water heaters: Since there’s no storage tank to keep filled, tank-less models only heat water when it’s called for. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How a Water Heater Works," 17 Aug. 2019 When the cells in the organ were turned off via gene editing, the animals had a normal response to thermal pain, or discomfort caused by heat or cold. National Geographic, "Newly discovered organ may be lurking under your skin," 15 Aug. 2019 The audio recorder was turned off for 52 seconds, the indictment said. Carma Hassan And Holly Yan, CNN, "A judge accused of helping an undocumented immigrant evade ICE will be paid during her suspension," 13 Aug. 2019 In some cases, these benefits persisted even after the stimulators were turned off. Cassandra Willyard, Scientific American, "How a Revolutionary Technique Got People with Spinal-Cord Injuries Back on Their Feet," 7 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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The first known use of turnoff was in 1564

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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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authorized for issue (as a bond)

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