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

And Trump's name has been a huge turnoff in liberal New York City. Shahien Nasiripour, chicagotribune.com, "Trump Tower now one of NYC’s least desirable luxury buildings," 6 Aug. 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

When the eggs are mostly cooked but still a bit runny, turn off the heat and cover the skillet. BostonGlobe.com, "large plum tomatoes (about ¾ pound)," 17 Sep. 2019 Brown ultimately deleted his Twitter account and turned off the commenting feature on all of his Instagram posts. Laura Hanrahan, Woman's Day, "'Queer Eye' Star Karamo Brown Breaks His Silence After Controversial DWTS Comments," 6 Sep. 2019 Get in line, find bikes that look like mine to head out with, turn off the gas. Rasputin Todd, Cincinnati.com, "The first time I raced motorcycles, a breath at a time," 5 Sep. 2019 Most restaurants, beach shops and hotels were stacking chairs, aligning sandbags and turning off the vacancy signs. Kevin Spear, orlandosentinel.com, "Hurricane Dorian wrecks Labor Day break at Cocoa Beach and Cape Canaveral," 1 Sep. 2019 One distinction between Filmmaker Mode and just turning off the motion smoothing program on your television is that the new viewing experience will be activated automatically, so forget screen upon screen of menu options. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "Directors Are Killing the "Soap Opera Effect" for Good," 30 Aug. 2019 Users now can choose to remove this history from their accounts and turn off some or all of that tracking in the future. Washington Post, "Facebook unveils long-promised tool to limit what data it receives from third-party apps and websites," 20 Aug. 2019 Sonogenetics could enable doctors to turn on or turn off brain cells at a specific location or time and treat these movement disorders without brain surgery. Sreekanth Chalasani, The Conversation, "The new field of sonogenetics uses sound waves to control the behavior of brain cells," 9 Aug. 2019 The deputies then hatched a plan to leave the items on the ground, turn off their vehicles and wait. Tom Steele, Dallas News, "Texas man busted after returning to scene of a traffic stop to get the heroin he dropped, authorities say," 26 July 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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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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to fake an opponent out of position

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