[ awf-sahyd, of- ]
/ ˈɔfˈsaɪd, ˈɒf- /

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. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for offside

/ (ˈɒfˈsaɪd) /

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
Compare nearside
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