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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Related Words for off keyunusual, inappropriate, improper, strange, capricious, unorthodox, discordant, dissonant, hoarse, raspy, cracked, raucous, conflicting, different, various, dissimilar, disparate, atypical, diverse, contrary
adjective, adverb (off-key when prenominal)
- not in the correct key
- out of tune
out of keeping; discordant
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