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off-key

[awf-kee, of-] /ˈɔfˈki, ˈɒf-/
adjective
1.
deviating from the correct tone or pitch; out of tune.
2.
Informal. somewhat irregular, abnormal, or incongruous.
Origin
1925-1930
1925-30
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Examples from the web for off-key
  • He jokes with his staff, and even has been known to sing off-key for them.
  • But at the same time, it's super-fun to sing yourself at the top of your lungs, off-key.
  • Don't denigrate her because she had one off-key performance.
Word Origin and History for off-key
adj.

1920, from off (adv.) + musical sense of key (n.1). Figurative sense is from 1943.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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