[awf-sahyd, of-]

adjective, adverb

Sports. illegally beyond a prescribed line or area or in advance of the ball or puck at the beginning of or during play or a play: The touchdown was nullified because the offensive left tackle was offside.
with or in doubtful propriety or taste; risqué: an offside joke.

Origin of offside

First recorded in 1840–50; off + side1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of offside

  • Replays showed that he was level with the last defender, certainly not offside.

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    Joshua Robinson

    June 23, 2010

Historical Examples of offside

British Dictionary definitions for offside


adjective, adverb

sport (in football, hockey, etc) in a position illegally ahead of the ball or puck when it is played, usually when within one's opponents' half or the attacking zone


the offside mainly British
  1. the side of a vehicle nearest the centre of the road (in Britain, the right side)
  2. (as modifier)the offside passenger door
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Word Origin and History for offside

also off-side, 1867, in various sporting senses, originally in English football; from off + side (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper