[awf-thuh-wawl, of-]

adjective Informal.

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

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

Contemporary Examples of off-the-wall

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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
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