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off·beat

 (ôf′bēt′, ŏf′-)
n. Music
An unaccented beat in a measure.
adj. (ôf′bēt′, ŏf′-) Slang
Not conforming to an ordinary type or pattern; unconventional: offbeat humor.

offbeat

(ˈɒfˌbiːt)
n
(Classical Music) music any of the normally unaccented beats in a bar, such as the second and fourth beats in a bar of four-four time. They are stressed in most rock and some jazz and dance music, such as the bossa nova
adj
a. unusual, unconventional, or eccentric
b. (as noun): he liked the offbeat in fashion.

off•beat

(adj. ˈɔfˈbit, ˈɒf-; n. -ˌbit)

adj.
1. differing from the usual or expected; unconventional: an offbeat comedian.
n.
2. an unaccented beat of a measure in music.
[1925–30]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.offbeat - an unaccented beat (especially the last beat of a measure)
musical rhythm, rhythm, beat - the basic rhythmic unit in a piece of music; "the piece has a fast rhythm"; "the conductor set the beat"
Adj.1.offbeat - informal terms; strikingly unconventional
unconventional - not conventional or conformist; "unconventional life styles"

offbeat

adjective unusual, odd, strange, novel, out there (slang), extraordinary, bizarre, weird, way-out (informal), eccentric, abnormal, queer, irregular, rum (Brit. slang), uncommon, Bohemian, unconventional, far-out (slang), idiosyncratic, kinky (informal), off-the-wall (slang), unorthodox, oddball (informal), out of the ordinary, left-field (informal), freaky (slang), wacko (slang), outré, boho his dark, offbeat sense of humour
common, traditional, normal, usual, ordinary, conventional, orthodox, stereotyped, run-of-the-mill, unoriginal

offbeat

adjective
Slang. Not usual or ordinary:
Translations
epätavallinenomituinen

offbeat

[ˈɒfˌbiːt] ADJexcéntrico, original

offbeat

[ˌɒfˈbiːt] adjexcentriqueoff-centre [ˌɒfˈsɛntər]
adjdécentré(e), excentré(e)
adv
to position sth off-centre → excentrer qchoff-chance off chance [ˈɒftʃɑːns] n
on the off chance → à tout hasard
I came on the off chance I'd see her → Je suis venu à tout hasard, en pensant que je la verrais peut-être.off-colour [ˌɒfˈkʌlər] adj (British) to be off-colour (= unwell) → ne pas être dans son assiette
He's a bit off-colour today → Il n'est pas dans son assiette aujourd'hui.
to feel off-colour → être mal fichuoff day off-day [ˈɒfdeɪ] n
(= bad day) to have an off day → avoir un jour sans
He had an off day → Il a eu un jour sans., Il n'était pas en forme.
(US) (= holiday) → jour m de congéoff-duty off duty [ˌɒfˈdjuːti] adj (= not on duty) [soldier] → qui n'est pas en service; [policeman] → hors service, qui n'est pas en service

offbeat

[ˌɒfˈbiːt] adj (fig) → originale, anticonvenzionale
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How he knew there was a terrific gale fifty miles off beats me altogether.
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DOHA THE well-attended second edition of Off Beat, an alternative night of experimental music and sound art, was held at Katara's Art Centre on Saturday, with spellbinding performances by the Awakenings Ensemble and Karim Sultan.
COUNCILLORS in Monaghan are going coldturkey this Christmas to help those less well off beat the recession.
OFF BEAT DESIGNS was happy to be named runners-up for the Company of the Year award.