Definition of off the wall in US English:

off the wall


North American
  • 1Eccentric or unconventional.

    • ‘Part of his job, along with colleagues, is to look to the future and come up with ideas - some of them off the wall - as to what life in Keighley could be like in the future.’
    • ‘Christopher Walken does eccentricity well, but just being off the wall isn't necessarily funny.’
    • ‘Her smile, combined with the off the wall remark, elicited a laugh from Gael.’
    • ‘It was something a little more off the wall, a bit of self-reference or a weird thought.’
    • ‘They are off the wall, unsettling, and very strange.’
    • ‘The basic premise that the international companies will be providing water for the world's poorest is just off the wall.’
    • ‘But if you find a good friend who is just off the wall, different than you are, there's something about him you like.’
    • ‘Tyler scoffed, seeming to take Ox's off the wall remark as a serious question.’
    eccentric, zany, far out, freakish, quirky, idiosyncratic, unconventional, unorthodox, weird, outlandish, offbeat, off-centre, bizarre, strange, unfamiliar
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  • 2(of a person) angry.

    ‘the president was off the wall about the article’
    • ‘‘It was driving me off the wall, blocking e-mails and not letting me get to ordinary websites,’ he says.’
  • 3(of an accusation) without basis or foundation.

    • ‘You didn't allow them to get away with what the presidential candidates did with Jim the first night, which was really go off the wall.’