- deviating from the correct tone or pitch; out of tune.
- Informal. somewhat irregular, abnormal, or incongruous.
Origin of off-key
First recorded in 1925–30
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- not in the correct key
- out of tune
- out of keeping; discordant
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Word Origin and History for off key
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