Offbeat meaning

ôfbēt, ŏf-
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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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Not conforming to the usual pattern or trend; unconventional, unusual, strange, etc.
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With a strong, or primary, accent placed on beats that usually receive a weak, or secondary, accent.
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(music) The beats not normally accented in a measure.

The congregation clapped along on the offbeat.

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(slang) An unconventional person, someone who does not follow the beat, who chooses not to conform.
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Unusual, unconventional, not ordinary.

He has such an offbeat sense of humor that hardly anyone finds his jokes amusing.

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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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An unaccented beat in a measure.
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Not conforming to an ordinary type or pattern; unconventional.

Offbeat humor.

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Any of the beats of a measure that have weak, or secondary, accents.
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Origin of offbeat

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

    From Wiktionary