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offbeat

Meaning: unconventional, not typical, strange

For example:

  • He was a little offbeat, but Captain Beefheart was a wonderful musician.

  • Jackson Pollock's abstract expressionist paintings were seen as being offbeat when he created them, but many are now regarded as genuine masterpieces.

Quick Quiz:

William Burroughs' books were called offbeat because they were
  1. typical twentieth-century novels
  2. more imaginative than most novels
  3. cheap and badly written

Discuss: offbeat

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