- The definition of off-putting is a person, thing or situation that repels or is annoying.
An example of off-putting is a negative comment about a person's race.
off-putting definition by Webster's New World
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Chiefly Brit. tending to put one off; distracting, annoying, etc.
off-putting definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Tending to disconcert or repel: “The trappings of upper-class life are off-putting and sterile” (Elizabeth Hess).