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[awf-poo t-ing, of-] /ˈɔfˌpʊt ɪŋ, ˈɒf-/
provoking uneasiness, dislike, annoyance, or repugnance; disturbing or disagreeable.
Origin of off-putting
1820-30; off + putting, after verb phrase put off
Related forms
off-puttingly, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for off-putting
  • Initially, the shoe's firm ride was a little off-putting.
  • Initially, scientists found the big bang's miraculous implications off-putting.
  • And so, the online realm may continue to be off-putting to those indigenes who have not developed trust for computers.
  • There's still something off-putting about wearing your video monitor.
  • But the strong aroma of vinegary versions proved to be off-putting, she added, during taste tests with friends.
  • The technology itself may be off-putting to some as well.
  • The slow slog of attracting depositors can be off-putting, however, and may become harder if the crisis deepens.
  • Most fruit juices go a yucky brown when kept for more than a fortnight, and develop an off-putting sediment.
  • Could be the pubs my local friends frequented or the amount of time spent there, but it was a bit off-putting.
  • Quite off-putting it was- in this day and age, you do expect a range of payment options to be available.
British Dictionary definitions for off-putting


(Brit, informal) disconcerting or disturbing
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Word Origin and History for off-putting

1570s, "procrastinating," from off (adv.) + put (v.). Meaning "creating an unfavorable impression" is first recorded 1894.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for off-putting



Distressing; unsettling; discomfiting: Nor do I find pubic hair ugly or off-putting/ an off-putting chip on the shoulder (1828+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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