[ adjective awf-beet, of-; noun awf-beet, of- ]
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  1. differing from the usual or expected; unconventional: an offbeat comedian.

  1. Music. an unaccented beat of a measure.

Origin of offbeat

First recorded in 1925–30; off + beat

Words Nearby offbeat Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use offbeat in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for offbeat


/ (ˈɒfˌbiːt) /

  1. music any of the normally unaccented beats in a bar, such as the second and fourth beats in a bar of four-four time. They are stressed in most rock and some jazz and dance music, such as the bossa nova

    • unusual, unconventional, or eccentric

    • (as noun): he liked the offbeat in fashion

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