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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
offbeat
adjective
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ an offbeat romance novel
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Amelia Bedelia, the offbeat housekeeper, will lead a morning of word games, storytelling and some unexpected, silly activities.
▪ An atmosphere in which people dread failure or fear that they will be ridiculed for offbeat ideas stifles creativity, Eisner believes.
▪ But serious or lighthearted Central News always brought you the offbeat, like the catfish who loved to be fed by hand.
▪ But the true draw of this game is its offbeat, off-color humor, mixing toilet jokes and movie references.
▪ Jonathan Lethem gladly acknowledges the writers who have had an influence on his offbeat fiction.
▪ Morris' movies always have an offbeat sense of humor, and this one is no exception.
▪ Ristarose can also accommodate offbeat locations for ceremonies.
Wiktionary
offbeat

a. unusual, unconventional, not ordinary. n. 1 (context music English) The beats not normally accented in a measure. 2 (context slang English) An unconventional person, someone who does not follow the beat, who chooses not to conform.

WordNet
offbeat

adj. informal terms; strikingly unconventional [syn: far-out, kinky, quirky, way-out]

Wikipedia
Offbeat

Offbeat, originally a music term meaning "not following the standard beat", which has also become a general synonym for "unconventional" or "unusual", may refer to:

In music:
  • Syncopation
  • Off-beat (music), the musical term in more detail
  • Off Beat (label), a German record label for electronic underground music
  • OffBeat (music magazine), a music magazine based in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Offbeat: A Red Hot Soundtrip, a compilation album from the Red Hot AIDS Benefit Series
  • Offbeats (music group), a San Antonio-based garage punk band
  • Offbeat Guitarist, is a free edutainment music video game in the style of Guitar Hero but with real guitars
In film and TV:
  • Off Beat (1986 film), a 1986 comedy film
  • Off Beat (2004 film), a 2004 drama film
  • Offbeat (film), a 1961 film
  • Off Beat Cinema, televised hosted movie show
In literature:
  • Offbeat generation, association of writers united by their opposition to mainstream publishing
  • Off Beat (comics), a 2005 manga-influenced comic series by Jennifer Lee Quick
OffBeat (music magazine)

OffBeat is a monthly music magazine in New Orleans, Louisiana first published in 1987. The magazine mainly focuses on the music scene of New Orleans and Louisiana, the region's culture and its cuisine. The magazine covers wide range of local music including R&B, blues, brass bands, jazz, cajun music, zydeco, rock, hip-hop, Mardi Gras Indian, funk, and independent singer-songwriters.

OffBeats support for the local music community has greatly contributed to the promotion of the scene and music in general in New Orleans and throughout the state of Louisiana. The club listings and disc reviews covering local independent labels are an important information source for New Orleans and Louisiana music-lovers. Publisher and editor-in-chief is Jan V. Ramsey, who created the magazine as a means to promote and market local music and to improve the professionalism of the local music industry. It is published by OffBeat, Inc. OffBeat was the first magazine in New Orleans to return to publishing after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, despite losing all its staff and its printer.

OffBeat is distributed free of charge in metro New Orleans in records stores, hotels, and such, although it is charged elsewhere. The magazine has subscribers all over the United States and in multiple foreign countries. In spring, OffBeat publishes two special issues: its "French Quarter Festival Souvenir Guide" in early April; and a special Jazz Fest issue, the "Jazz Fest Bible", with complete day-by-day schedules of festivals, detailed information on performers and club listings, with in-depth interviews with local musicians and cultural standard-bearers.

In addition to the monthly magazine, OffBeat presents "The Best of the Beat Awards" to celebrate local music and musicians, and also publishes "Louisiana Music Directory", an online directory containing listings of bands, musicians, record labels, clubs, etc. The "OffBeat Weekly Beat" is a free weekly email newsletter with breaking news and current music listings. The magazine's website at OffBeat.com was the first magazine website online in the state of Louisiana, and is popular with lovers of New Orleans and Louisiana music and culture worldwide. In 2010, OffBeat launched an iPhone application (OffBeat Mobile) to keep its readers apprised of events in New Orleans music.

OffBeat is featured in the HBO series Treme. Its editorial resulted in the creation of characters (such as "DJ Davis McAlary", in reality local musician/DJ/writer Davis Rogan), and storylines in the series.

Offbeat (film)

Offbeat (AKA The Devil Inside in the U.S.) is a 1961 black-and-white British crime film directed by Cliff Owen and starring William Sylvester, Mai Zetterling, and John Meillon. In the film, an MI5 officer goes undercover to catch a criminal gang.

Usage examples of "offbeat".

Angel of Leaky Outhouses up there, and we got the Angel of Overgrazed Pastures and the Angel of Always Being Broke up there--why, we got so many offbeat, grizzled angels floating around over this little town that sometimes I get claustrophobia from all their wing rustling--from them that has any feathers left in their wings, that is.

Goggle-eyed, I hit a string of offbeats and reminded myself that Jabba had plenty of time to come for us.

While Celia transacted her Latin-American business with regional functionaries at outposts of Felding-Roth, he explored the offbeat intricacies of foreign cities or savored scenes of rural life outside.

Flinging his visible arm starward he babbled on: "We got the Angel of Leaky Outhouses up there, and we got the Angel of Overgrazed Pastures and the Angel of Always Being Broke up there--why, we got so many offbeat, grizzled angels floating around over this little town that sometimes I get claustrophobia from all their wing rustling--from them that has any feathers left in their wings, that is.

The Futurians were every bit as offbeat and wacky as any of their spiritual descendants, including the cyberpunks, and were given to communal living, spontaneous group renditions of light opera, and midnight fencing exhibitions on the lawn.

  The Futurians were every bit as offbeat and wacky as any of their spiritual descendants, including the cyberpunks, and were given to communal living, spontaneous group renditions of light opera, and midnight fencing exhibitions on the lawn.

There is a boom box held down with bungee cords, and a shoebox with a couple of dozen CDs in it, mostly albums by American woman singer-songwriters of the offbeat, misunderstood, highly intelligent but intensely emotional school, getting rich selling music to consumers who understand what it's like not to be understood.

Women were often torn between mister nice guy, who generally ended up as father of her kids, and the hellraising jerk who represented offbeat romance and adventure.

In one of the plazas, a trio of drummers in black, shapeless robes and grotesque masks like the skulls of birds beat a complex almost-tune, the high-pitched hand drum weaving a stuttering, offbeat counterpoint to the steadier, full-toned notes of the larger drums.

They'd been wearing green trench coats, the color so offbeat, bordering on bizarre, that he hadn't taken them seriously for a moment.