[ awf-th uh-wawl, of- ]
/ ˈɔf ðəˈwɔl, ˈɒf- /
markedly unconventional; bizarre; oddball: an unpredictable, off-the-wall personality.
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insane, crazy, stupid, incoherent, unreasonable, preposterous, unsound, wrong, ridiculous, absurd, unwise, foolish, aberrant, cordial, amiable, festive, buoyant, jolly, pleasant, good-natured
- off-year election
Origin of off-the-wall
First recorded in 1970–75
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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.
(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
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