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[awf-peek, of-] /ˈɔfˈpik, ˈɒf-/
of, relating to, or during a period of less than maximum frequency, demand, intensity, or use:
the off-peak travel season; off-peak train fares.
lower than the maximum:
off-peak production.
Origin of off-peak
1915-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for off-peak
  • What the college needed was fewer students during the congested hours and more in the off-peak afternoon hours.
  • off-peak visits to wildlife parks can also be rewarding.
  • It can shift hours of off-peak generation to on-peak periods, over a wide range of operation.
  • off-peak pricing is a common way of persuading people to run appliances such as washing machines at times of low demand.
  • Poverty too could be better addressed by targeted subsidies, off-peak discounts and other measures.
  • The code promotes off-peak work, the co-ordination of plans and covering up of holes so cars can drive over them.
  • There are even incentives for paying in euros, such as free off-peak calls.
  • Others suggest making hydrogen using off-peak electricity or nuclear power.
  • In effect, hydrogen becomes a way of storing off-peak electricity.
  • Incorporating this into my spreadsheet further reduced the off-peak power.
British Dictionary definitions for off-peak


of or relating to services as used outside periods of intensive use or electricity supplied at cheaper rates during the night
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for off-peak

1906, originally in reference to electrical systems, from off (adv.) + peak (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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