[awf-rohd, of-]


designed, built, or used for traveling off public roads, especially on unpaved roads, trails, beaches, or rough terrain: an off-road vehicle.
taking place on such roads or terrain: off-road racing.
used for or suitable to an off-road vehicle: off-road tires.


on a road or terrain other than a public road: to travel off-road.

Origin of off-road

First recorded in 1960–65 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of off-road

  • Races, including running (road and off-road), biking, swimming, and a combination of all three, are a great way to get moving.

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British Dictionary definitions for off-road



(of a motor vehicle) designed or built for use away from public roads, esp on rough terrain
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

Word Origin and History for off-road

1949, from off (adv.) + road.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper