Definition of off-putting in English:



  • Unpleasant, disconcerting, or repellent.

    ‘his scar is somewhat off-putting’
    • ‘Too much choice can be off-putting, especially if you have to negotiate with a UK company over the phone.’
    • ‘But numbers usually make a stronger case for a chief executive's dismissal than an off-putting personality.’
    • ‘Despite the off-putting appearance, we did sit down to eat it.’
    • ‘He really didn't care if it was off-putting, but if it stuck with even one person once a week, he had done his work.’
    • ‘Yet coupled with the rest of the presentation, the wacky words are more endearing than off-putting.’
    • ‘Woe betide if you use flash during a performance - it's off-putting to other audience members and most of all, to the performers.’
    • ‘Again, we're hearing a torrent of policy, and I think this is off-putting to most people.’
    • ‘Given how the brain perceives motion, randomly moving balloons aren't very off-putting.’
    • ‘Some technologies are off-putting, but I haven't found the iPod to be one of them.’
    • ‘They can also be sent to general psychiatric hospitals but experts say this can be off-putting for the patient and result in less specialist care.’
    • ‘Some will find the starry-eyed closeness to nature and the whiff of new-age spirituality off-putting.’
    • ‘I have always found it a bit off-putting, although I could never exactly think why.’
    • ‘Piles of junk mail littering the hallways of a communal block of flats, for instance, can be very off-putting to potential buyers.’
    • ‘Smith ate at Amaryllis once and says that, while he enjoyed the food, the situation and style of the restaurant were off-putting.’
    • ‘Actually its colour is a little off-putting, so close your eyes as you sip this intensely sweet and zesty wine, full of marmalade tang.’
    • ‘If parking is too short-term or too expensive people won't have sufficient time to shop or will find the additional cost off-putting.’
    • ‘Something about movies that announce their delightfulness so aggressively is kind of off-putting.’
    • ‘At first sight, the law may seem obscure, complex and horribly off-putting for the ordinary man or woman.’
    • ‘Valerian has an off-putting taste so blend it with equal amounts of a better-tasting herb such as mint.’
    • ‘And today, a bit late, it arrived, with a slightly off-putting scarlet refurbished label on the bottom.’
    unpleasant, unappealing, uninviting, unattractive, disagreeable, offensive, distasteful, unsavoury, unpalatable, unappetizing, objectionable, nasty, disgusting, obnoxious, repellent
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