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offbeat

[adj. awf-beet, of-; n. awf-beet, of-] /adj. ˈɔfˈbit, ˈɒf-; n. ˈɔfˌbit, ˈɒf-/
adjective
1.
differing from the usual or expected; unconventional:
an offbeat comedian.
noun
2.
Music. an unaccented beat of a measure.
Origin
1925-1930
1925-30; off + beat
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Examples for offbeat
  • But the box-office returns accrued by offbeat hits suggest a symbiotic relationship.
  • Jellyfish species have all kinds of offbeat common names: fried-egg jellies, cabbage heads, big reds.
  • We are always looking for offbeat subjects and profiles.
  • Her offbeat biography adds to the difficulty of pinning her down.
  • There were a handful that were so wonderfully odd and offbeat.
  • Eventually the miscellany settles into an offbeat, abstract commentary on the preoccupation with material wealth and appearances.
  • And yet there's plenty of offbeat and edge case scenarios given what we've discovered so far.
  • Give costly new planters the boot by reusing offbeat materials.
  • Look for offbeat perspectives that can include humor, shadows, and reflections.
  • The route is a haunting shape-shifter, splintering into paths toward small crossroad communities and offbeat sights.
British Dictionary definitions for offbeat

offbeat

/ˈɒfˌbiːt/
noun
1.
(music) any of the normally unaccented beats in a bar, such as the second and fourth beats in a bar of four-four time. They are stressed in most rock and some jazz and dance music, such as the bossa nova
adjective
2.
  1. unusual, unconventional, or eccentric
  2. (as noun) he liked the offbeat in fashion
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Slang definitions & phrases for offbeat

offbeat

adjective

Unusual; unconventional; strange: the offbeat death in an off-Broadway hotel/ its offbeat ad seeking 10 Renaissance-type men

[1935+; fr the interruption of a regular rhythm in music]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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