[awf-air, of-]


not broadcast, but said, played, or happening in a radio or television studio context. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for off-air

Contemporary Examples of off-air

  • Thinking she was off-air, Simmons cursed at her reportedly distracted co-anchor, Chuck Scarborough.

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    11 More Epic Anchor Flubs (Video)

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    December 24, 2013

  • It was a typically insensitive comment, but, what was really telling was his remark, off-air, to the interviewer afterward.

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    The Prince Turns 90

    Tom Sykes

    June 10, 2011

  • I asked Rolake Bamgbose, an off-air reporter for ABC News who happens to be a stunning Nigerian woman, what she thinks.

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    Tiger's Thing for White Girls

    Elizabeth Gates

    December 8, 2009

  • While the cameras were trained on the Salahis, Obama and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh were carrying on off-air talks.

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    Obama's New Climate Plan

    Richard Wolffe

    December 5, 2009

  • I was on board John Edwards' campaign bus, with ABC's off-air Edwards reporter, Raelyn Johnson, riding in who-knows-where Iowa.

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    The Boys on the Bus

    Ben Crair

    November 3, 2008

British Dictionary definitions for off-air


adjective, adverb

obtained by reception of a radiated broadcasting signal rather than by line feedan off-air recording
connected with a radio or television programme but not broadcastan off-air phone-in
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012