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[awf-th uh-wawl, of-] /ˈɔf ðəˈwɔl, ˈɒf-/
adjective, Informal.
markedly unconventional; bizarre; oddball:
an unpredictable, off-the-wall personality.
Origin of off-the-wall
1970-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for off-the-wall
  • Have the people who practice with you ask you both predictable and off-the-wall questions.
  • It is certainly not an eccentric or off-the-wall position.
  • These business predictions are a little more off-the-wall and specific than we've done in past years.
  • off-the-wall comedy flourishes in out-of-the-way places.
  • If you're using some off-the-wall word processor, the printer selection option may be found somewhere else.
British Dictionary definitions for off-the-wall


(off the wall when postpositive) (slang) new or unexpected in an unconventional or eccentric way: an off-the-wall approach to humour
Word Origin
C20: possibly from the use of the phrase in handball and squash to describe a shot that is unexpected
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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