Definition of off-putting in English:



  • Unpleasant, disconcerting, or repellent.

    ‘his scar is somewhat off-putting’
    • ‘Some technologies are off-putting, but I haven't found the iPod to be one of them.’
    • ‘Again, we're hearing a torrent of policy, and I think this is off-putting to most people.’
    • ‘But numbers usually make a stronger case for a chief executive's dismissal than an off-putting personality.’
    • ‘Some will find the starry-eyed closeness to nature and the whiff of new-age spirituality off-putting.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Yet coupled with the rest of the presentation, the wacky words are more endearing than off-putting.’
    • ‘I have always found it a bit off-putting, although I could never exactly think why.’
    • ‘Woe betide if you use flash during a performance - it's off-putting to other audience members and most of all, to the performers.’
    • ‘Something about movies that announce their delightfulness so aggressively is kind of off-putting.’
    • ‘Piles of junk mail littering the hallways of a communal block of flats, for instance, can be very off-putting to potential buyers.’
    • ‘Despite the off-putting appearance, we did sit down to eat it.’
    • ‘Valerian has an off-putting taste so blend it with equal amounts of a better-tasting herb such as mint.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Too much choice can be off-putting, especially if you have to negotiate with a UK company over the phone.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Smith ate at Amaryllis once and says that, while he enjoyed the food, the situation and style of the restaurant were off-putting.’
    • ‘And today, a bit late, it arrived, with a slightly off-putting scarlet refurbished label on the bottom.’
    • ‘Given how the brain perceives motion, randomly moving balloons aren't very off-putting.’
    • ‘At first sight, the law may seem obscure, complex and horribly off-putting for the ordinary man or woman.’
    unpleasant, unappealing, uninviting, unattractive, disagreeable, offensive, distasteful, unsavoury, unpalatable, unappetizing, objectionable, nasty, disgusting, obnoxious, repellent
    discouraging, disheartening, demoralizing, dispiriting, daunting, dismaying, forbidding, intimidating, frightening, formidable
    horrid, horrible
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