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offbeat

[adjective awf-beet, of-; noun awf-beet, of-]
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adjective
  1. differing from the usual or expected; unconventional: an offbeat comedian.
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noun
  1. Music. an unaccented beat of a measure.
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Origin of offbeat

First recorded in 1925–30; off + beat
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Related Words for offbeat

unusual, unconventional, eccentric, weird, unorthodox, bizarre, idiosyncratic, oddball, bohemian, novel, far-out, fresh, uncommon, unique, way-out, freaky, outre

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British Dictionary definitions for offbeat

offbeat

noun
  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
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adjective
    1. unusual, unconventional, or eccentric
    2. (as noun)he liked the offbeat in fashion
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