Offbeat Definition

ôfbēt, ŏf-
off-beat
noun
Any of the beats of a measure that have weak, or secondary, accents.
Webster's New World
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.
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(slang) An unconventional person, someone who does not follow the beat, who chooses not to conform.

Wiktionary
Synonyms:
adjective
With a strong, or primary, accent placed on beats that usually receive a weak, or secondary, accent.
Webster's New World
Not conforming to the usual pattern or trend; unconventional, unusual, strange, etc.
Webster's New World
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.
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Other Word Forms of Offbeat

Noun

Singular:
offbeat
Plural:
offbeats

Origin of Offbeat

  • From off- +"Ž beat; not following the beat (e.g., of a drum that sounds out cadence)

    From Wiktionary

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