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Origin of off-key
Words nearby off-key
Example sentences from the Web for off-key
The jibe is off-key too because Wilde himself was hardly immune to the sentimental and even the mawkish.Charles Dickens' Enduring Insights on Human Loss and Suffering|David Frum|February 18, 2013|DAILY BEAST
“Bring the drugs baby, I can bring my pain,” The Weeknd sings in his beauteous, soaring voice, backed by off-key sonic beats.Best Music Albums of 2011: The Weeknd, Drake, Britney Spears, and More|Marlow Stern|December 31, 2011|DAILY BEAST
"I would've jumped out a window if it were on a higher floor," he says of an off-key information session we sit in on.
Many of our performances in these early months after our defeat last November will be off-key and lacking in polish.
I knew it was just about time for some kind of an off-key noise from you, you grouchy old leftover.At Good Old Siwash|George Fitch
It sounded off-key because it was as off-key as a ten-yard-strip of baldfaced perjury.Highways in Hiding|George Oliver Smith
There was a rattle of drums and the blare of one or two off-key instruments from outside.Narakan Rifles, About Face!|Jan Smith
A woman played a wheezing organ while a man led the off-key singing.Clue of the Silken Ladder|Mildred A. Wirt
The thing in the middle now opened its mouth and made a noise that reminded Full of an off-key clarinet.The Enormous Room|Horace Leonard Gold
British Dictionary definitions for off-key
adjective, adverb (off-key when prenominal)
- not in the correct key
- out of tune