Definition of off-centre in English:

off-centre

adjective & adverb

  • 1Not quite in the centre of something.

    as adjective ‘the main axes of the quadrangle are off-centre’
    as adverb ‘if the ball's struck off-centre, it will wobble’
    • ‘People opt for one fairly lush plant and place it off-centre on their mantel, rather than filling a whole shelf with plants.’
    • ‘There is something so beautiful about it, the treatment of paint depicting the velvety skin, the delicious red/orange tones, and the placement - off-centre.’
    • ‘In the picture of a lustre bowl with green peas, the main items are off-centre, giving a diagonal thrust to the composition.’
    • ‘There's a slightly off-centre 4in screen alongside a four-way navigation control with a separate button in the middle.’
    • ‘Lombardy's centres of viticulture are off-centre geographically - in the far north, in the far south, and in the far east - all well off the region's main axis of communication.’
    • ‘In the Skara Brae object, you can see how cunningly the top and base ridges are off-centre, allowing it initially to be held vertically.’
    • ‘Its orientation, however, was curious, running diagonally across the ditch extension towards a position off-centre of the mound.’
    • ‘This effect was also, as the experts agreed, exaggerated by the fact that the sensors of the Stal system were set off-centre in some of the holds.’
    • ‘With modern auto-focus cameras the most obvious focussing problem is where the subject is off-centre.’
    • ‘One off-centre bay window extends upwards, bringing views of the sky in addition to the broad sweep of the hills.’
    • ‘Final position of the tummy button may be off-centre.’
    • ‘Naturally, there is a fairly large screen, plus Canon's nine-point auto-focusing system, which rarely misses an off-centre subject.’
    • ‘In the second shot, Mthethwa moves his human subject off-centre.’
    • ‘He posed the dancers in strange positions and put them off-center or cut off from the frame.’
    • ‘The composition of the figures is placed off-centre and the zigzagging lines of the cafe tables convey their situation in space.’
    • ‘An extra arm placed off-centre wouldn't do, you see, but Medusa-style hair of snakes would be fine (so long as it was balanced by a single of similar scale - say, a large beard).’
    • ‘For instance, the Earth is not exactly at the centre of the deferent, but is a little off-centre.’
    • ‘Mr. Butler liked everything quite off-centre and most ballet companies have to be on-centre for their particular kind of work.’
    • ‘Many had off-centre bores, which affected not only accuracy but also greatly weakened their breech ends, rendering them liable to burst.’
    • ‘A later invention, the unicycle with an off-centre hub, would bring people out into the corridors to watch him as he rode it, bobbing up and down like a duck.’
    zany, madcap, offbeat, quirky, outlandish, eccentric, idiosyncratic, surreal, ridiculous, nonsensical, crazy, absurd, insane, far out, fantastic, bizarre, peculiar, weird, odd, strange, cranky, freakish
    View synonyms
    1. 1.1 Unconventional or unusual.
      ‘an off-centre comedy sketch show’
      • ‘Talk famously steals the riff from Kraftwerk's Computer Love and hearkens in tone to the quirky off centre Whisper.’
      • ‘From the off-centre title metaphor to the beautifully layered arrangement, this is no mere pastiche.’
      • ‘Harry paints some great pictures: just real enough to be believable, but just off-centre enough to be funny.’
      • ‘Yet her chief prescription seems oddly off centre.’
      • ‘There's lots of movement that's upside down, off centre, racy.’
      • ‘Rhodes has spoken of how her work has its parallels in her own history of being culturally off-centre.’
      • ‘For me, already having an interest in the bizarre and anything off-centre, I liked Dada.’
      • ‘In spite of all this, having the chance to watch a fine ensemble cast play such an array of off-centre characters is worth the price of admission alone.’
      • ‘Despite the fine leads, the TV series failed to match the off-centre appeal of the movie.’
      • ‘The band play a noisy, off centre indie rock with shades of PJ Harvey.’
      • ‘In contrast to this, they attempt to supplement work on the central institutions of China by presenting an off-centre view.’
      • ‘That is why, in our respectful submission, the approach taken in point of principle is off centre.’
      • ‘Soren Alberto Gauger, now living in Krakow, Poland, writes an off-centre, twisting narrative, sparkled with elaborate prose in "The Unusual Narrative of the Odessa Conference."’
      • ‘Not just cute and beguiling, Pilkington's sculptures are slightly off-centre being both disarming and disconcerting.’
      • ‘The dry, sharp wit of Enid's constant observations are matched by the deadpan outlandishness of the parade of off-centre characters she comes into contact with, which inspire them.’

Pronunciation

off-centre

/ɒfˈsɛntə/