Definition of off-key in English:


Syllabification: off-key

adjective & adverb

  • 1(Of music or singing) not having the correct tone or pitch; out of tune.
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    • If the background music was distinctly off-key, so too were far too many aspects of the meal.
    • We don't see that playing out of tune or singing off-key is revolutionary.
    • Add off-key electronic music, and you begin to have some idea of how annoying this is.
    out of tune, flat, tuneless, discordant, dissonant, unmusical, unharmonious
  • 1.1Not in accordance with what is appropriate or correct in the circumstances: [as adverb]: some of the cinematic effects are distractingly off-key
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    • The actor's performance is horridly off-key - his screaming antics would be more appropriate for a cartoon villain.
    • This bill is off-key, out of tune, and even if the Labour Government flatly denies it, its shrill crescendos of fortissimo make no difference to the fact that it is prescribing State control.
    • She croaks, squeaks, howls, and whines her way through the role, nearly always off-key and most horrid.
    incongruous, inappropriate, unsuitable, out of place, out of keeping, jarring, discordant, dissonant, inharmonious

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