- Offbeat is defined as a person or thing that doesn't conform to social norms.
An example of offbeat is a man wearing pink tights and a tutu riding his bike around in a typical suburban neighborhood.
- The definition of an offbeat is a beat in music that is not accented.
An example of offbeat is a beat played in a musical piece that you would not clap or tap your feet to because they are not major beats in the music.
- Jazz with a strong, or primary, accent placed on beats that usually receive a weak, or secondary, accent
- Informal not conforming to the usual pattern or trend; unconventional, unusual, strange, etc.
(comparative more offbeat, superlative most offbeat)
From off- +"Ž beat; not following the beat (e.g., of a drum that sounds out cadence)