[awf-steyj, of-]


off the stage or in the wings; away from the view of the audience (opposed to onstage).
in one's private life rather than on the stage: Offstage the actress seemed rather plain.


not in view of the audience; backstage, in the wings, etc.: an offstage crash.
withheld from public view or attention; private: offstage political meetings.

Origin of offstage

First recorded in 1920–25; off + stage Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for offstage

Contemporary Examples of offstage

Historical Examples of offstage

  • He used even Johnny Simms as an offstage voice repeating stern commands.

    Operation: Outer Space

    William Fitzgerald Jenkins

  • "—caught red-handed with the incriminating papers," shouted an offstage announcer.

    The Junkmakers

    Albert R. Teichner

British Dictionary definitions for offstage


adjective, adverb

out of the view of the audience; off the stage
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