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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
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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