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off-key

[awf-kee, of-] /ˈɔfˈki, ˈɒf-/
adjective
1.
deviating from the correct tone or pitch; out of tune.
2.
Informal. somewhat irregular, abnormal, or incongruous.
Origin
1925-1930
1925-30
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Word Origin and History for offkey

off-key

adj.

1920, from off (adv.) + musical sense of key (n.1). Figurative sense is from 1943.

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