Definition of Off-key

1. Adjective. Inaccurate in pitch. "Her singing was off key"

Exact synonyms: False, Sour
Similar to: Inharmonious, Unharmonious



Definition of Off-key

1. Adjective. (music) pitched inaccurately either above or below the correct note ¹

2. Adjective. (context: by extension) not harmonious, or out of accord ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Off-key

off-colour
off-come
off-corn
off-day
off-duty
off-duty(a)
off-field
off-flow
off-gas
off-gases
off-guard
off-guard(a)
off-hand
off-handed
off-hour
off-key (current term)
off-kilter
off-label
off-label use
off-licence
off-licences
off-limits
off-line
off-line equipment
off-line operation
off-load
off-loaded
off-loading
off-loads
off-message

Literary usage of Off-key

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1. Proceedings of the United States Naval Institute by United States Naval Institute (1897)
"off Key West, but remains in port until dark to see if other messages arrive. The " flying squadron " has orders not to leave Key West undefended while the ..."

2. With Sampson Through the War by William Athelstane Meredith Goode, William Thomas Sampson, Robley Dunglison Evans, Chapman C. Todd (1899)
"THE Iowa, fresh from the battle of San Juan, on May 18, arrived at San Key anchorage, off Key West. She had steamed from the entrance of the Old Bahama ..."

3. Best Dives of the Bahamas & Bermuda, Florida Keys, Turks & Caicos by Joyce Huber (2000)
"Stargazer, the world's largest underwater sculptured reef, sits five miles off Key West between Sand Key and Rock Key. This magnificent steel wonder, ..."

4. Report of the Proceedings of the ... Annual Convention of the American (1899)
"We were lying off Key West, all very peaceable, but we had plenty of ammunition, plenty of coal, plenty of food, and we had lots of men, good North American ..."

5. The Letter of Dr. Diego Alvarez Chanca, Dated 1484 by Diego Alvarez Chanca, Augstine Marcus Fernández de Ybarra (1907)
"... also at station 7279, in 98 fathoms ; station 7296, in 122 fathoms; and station 2316, US steamer Albatross, in 50 fathoms, coral, off Key West ..."

6. The American Coast Pilot: Containing Directions for the Principal Harbors by Edmund March Blunt, George William Blunt (1847)
"A floating light is placed off Key Largo, bearing from thf highest land on the key E- by S., distant 7 miles; from the elbow of Carysfort Reef. ..."

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