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[adj. awf-beet, of-; n. awf-beet, of-] /adj. ˈɔfˈbit, ˈɒf-; n. ˈɔfˌbit, ˈɒf-/
differing from the usual or expected; unconventional:
an offbeat comedian.
Music. an unaccented beat of a measure.
Origin of offbeat
1925-30; off + beat Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for offbeat


(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
  1. unusual, unconventional, or eccentric
  2. (as noun): he liked the offbeat in fashion
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Slang definitions & phrases for offbeat



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.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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