adjective & adverb
- 1(Of music or singing) not having the correct tone or pitch; out of tune.More example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1Not in accordance with what is appropriate or correct in the circumstances: [as adverb]: some of the cinematic effects are distractingly off-keyMore example sentences
- 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.