Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Music An unaccented beat in a measure.
  • adj. Slang Not conforming to an ordinary type or pattern; unconventional: offbeat humor.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The beats not normally accented in a measure.
  • n. An unconventional person, someone who does not follow the beat, who chooses not to conform.
  • adj. Unusual, unconventional, not ordinary.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. informal terms; strikingly unconventional
  • n. an unaccented beat (especially the last beat of a measure)

Etymologies

From off- +‎ beat; not following the beat (e.g., of a drum that sounds out cadence) (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Mix in offbeat football (it has a feature on Super Bowl Gatorade-dumping on coaches), get in network plugs (Jay Leno, Conan O'Brien and Tina Fey will pop up) and don't forget the mandatory cooking segment (in this case Tom Colicchio from Top Chef on NBC-owned Bravo).

    NBC putting on the peacock for Sunday

  • Laura Linney to star in offbeat Showtime humerous entertainment commander upon lady with cancer, 'The C Word'

    Archive 2009-11-01

  • Life without walls, '[and] will move away from the enigmatic teaser commercials that featured Bill Gates and Jerry Seinfeld in offbeat conversations about shopping, shoes, suburbia and the potential of computing to improve life.

    Goodbye, Jerry: Microsoft moves away from Seinfeld-Gates ads

  • "I'm really pleased and frankly relieved to report," begins Glenn Kenny, "that, a couple of snippable minutes and some dubious music choices aside (that Cake song about the jacket is one thing, but a cover of Howard Jones's 'No One Is To Blame' is pushing it), writer/director Adrienne Shelly's final feature Waitress is a delight, a refreshing comedy that mixes a bunch of familiar ingredients in offbeat ways that payoff every time, much in the way that its title character Jenna (the fabulous Keri Russell) blends, say, blackberries with bittersweet chocolate in her universally beloved pies."

    GreenCine Daily: Sundance. Waitress.

  • Graffiti is a 50 000-word offbeat, character driven narrative fiction, aimed at the audience of over 18 year olds. yea, Grandmother Snark is sure to want it

    12/24/2006 - 12/31/2006

  • Very likely the mother of all regional filmmaking, Brandon Beckner's Remarkable Power gives outrageous new meaning to the notion of offbeat, while showing no mercy for just how bizarre the unsung locals of Los Angeles can be.

    NewsBlaze.com Current News - Top Stories

  • Detective Sgt. William Doseldo calls the offbeat vandalism just "weird."

    Centredaily.com: Local

  • Profondo Rosso aside, this is Argento's scariest and bloodiest film, and perhaps his most offbeat, which is certainly an accolade of considerable measure given his body of work.

    RVABlogs

  • When big-time sports appear live online, it's often in simulcasts of the TV coverage or to offer supplements to TV such as offbeat camera angles — but they don't focus on a big event's epicenter.

    Woods could be in middle of PGA.com stream

  • Her portfolio showcases the same kind of offbeat, retro sensibility:

    Una LaMarche: Meet The Project Runway Season 8 Contestants

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