I. noun Date: circa 1928 an unaccented beat or portion of a beat in a musical measure II. adjective Date: 1938 eccentric, unconventional

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  • offbeat — ► ADJECTIVE 1) Music not coinciding with the beat. 2) informal unconventional; unusual. ► NOUN Music ▪ any of the normally unaccented beats in a bar …   English terms dictionary

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  • offbeat — [[t]ɒ̱fbi͟ːt, AM ɔ͟ːf [/t]] also off beat ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n If you describe something or someone as offbeat, you think that they are different from normal. She adores old, offbeat antiques. ...a wickedly offbeat imagination. Syn: unorthodox …   English dictionary

  • offbeat — 1. noun a) The beats not normally accented in a measure. The congregation clapped along on the offbeat. b) An unconventional person, someone who does not follow the beat, who chooses not to conform. No one dignified such offbeats by responding to …   Wiktionary

  • Offbeat — Ọff|beat 〈[ bi:t] m.; od. s; unz.; Mus.; bes. Jazz u. Rock〉 gegen den rhythmischen Grundschlag gesetzte freie Betonung [engl., eigtl. „außerhalb des Schlages, weg vom Schlag“] * * * Off|beat [ ɔfbi:t ], der [engl. offbeat, aus: off = neben u. ↑… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • offbeat — off|beat [ˌɔfˈbi:t US ˌo:f ] adj informal unusual and not what people normally expect, especially in an interesting way ▪ offbeat humour ▪ She s a little offbeat, but she s a wonderful actress …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • offbeat — adjective, informal an offbeat suggestion offbeat clothes Syn: unconventional, unorthodox, unusual, eccentric, idiosyncratic, outré, strange, bizarre, weird, peculiar, odd, freakish, outlandish, out of the ordinary …   Thesaurus of popular words

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