This page is about the slang term 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

a. typical twentieth-century novels

b. more imaginative than most novels

c. cheap and badly written

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Contributor: Matt Errey