[ awf-thuh-wawl, of- ]
/ ˈɔf ðəˈwɔl, ˈɒf- /

adjective Informal.

markedly unconventional; bizarre; oddball: an unpredictable, off-the-wall personality.

Nearby words

  1. off-the-job,
  2. off-the-peg,
  3. off-the-rack,
  4. off-the-record,
  5. off-the-shelf,
  6. off-topic,
  7. off-trail,
  8. off-white,
  9. off-year,
  10. off-year election

Origin of off-the-wall

First recorded in 1970–75 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for off-the-wall

  • Zentai originated in the 1980s in Japan, land of synthetic fibers and off-the-wall trends, and has recently begun migrating west.

    Men Who Love Lycra|Will Doig|March 3, 2010|DAILY BEAST

British Dictionary definitions for off-the-wall



(off the wall when postpositive) slang new or unexpected in an unconventional or eccentric wayan off-the-wall approach to humour

Word Origin for off-the-wall

C20: possibly from the use of the phrase in handball and squash to describe a shot that is unexpected

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