Definition of offside in English:


Syllabification: off·side
Pronunciation: /ˈôfˈsīd, ˈäf-

adjective & adverb

  • 1(Of a player in certain sports) occupying an unlawful position on the field, in particular.
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    • They managed it by surviving the first scrum and forcing their opponents offside, allowing O'Gara to kick them ahead from short range.
    • As coach, he dragged players who ignored his leads, even if they were kicking goals, and put many players offside.
    • I thought both times they had players offside and the officials felt the same.
  • 1.1 Ice Hockey Moving into the attacking zone ahead of the puck.
  • 1.2 (usually offsides) Football Over the scrimmage line or otherwise ahead of the ball before the play has begun.
  • 1.3 Soccer In the attacking half ahead of the ball and having fewer than two defenders nearer the goal line at the moment the ball is played.
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    • Murphy kicked another penalty goal in the 33rd minute of the first half for another offside infringement by the backs.
    • Athy dominated long passages of the half and won an offside penalty on 18 min which Derek Stacey slotted.
    • A Pusam official protested the goal, saying the ball was kicked from an offside position.
  • 1.4 Field Hockey In the attacking half of the field when there are fewer than three defenders nearer the goal line at the moment the ball is played.


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  • The fact or an instance of being offside.
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    • They'd start shouting for offsides or a penalty claim.
    • This sluggish play up front was emphasised by the large number of unnecessary offsides given.
    • Threats to sue the Football League and create a new competition with no offsides or draws were just farcical.

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