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[awf-poo t-ing, of-]
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  1. provoking uneasiness, dislike, annoyance, or repugnance; disturbing or disagreeable.
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Origin of off-putting

1820–30; off + putting, after verb phrase put off
Related formsoff-put·ting·ly, adverb
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Related Words for off-putting

distasteful, vile, objectionable, creepy, odious, abhorrent, ugly, unpleasant, hateful, nasty, revolting, hideous, off-putting, disappointing, dreary, depressing, gloomy, dismal, dispiriting, bleak

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  1. British informal disconcerting or disturbing
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Word Origin and History for off-putting

1570s, "procrastinating," from off (adv.) + put (v.). Meaning "creating an unfavorable impression" is first recorded 1894.

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