off-putting

[awf-poo t-ing, of-]

adjective

provoking uneasiness, dislike, annoyance, or repugnance; disturbing or disagreeable.

Origin of off-putting

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

adjective

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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