One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Eccentric or unconventional.
eccentric, zany, far out, freakish, quirky, idiosyncratic, unconventional, unorthodox, weird, outlandish, offbeat, off-centre, bizarre, strange, unfamiliarView synonyms
- ‘Her smile, combined with the off the wall remark, elicited a laugh from Gael.’
- ‘They are off the wall, unsettling, and very strange.’
- ‘Christopher Walken does eccentricity well, but just being off the wall isn't necessarily funny.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘It was something a little more off the wall, a bit of self-reference or a weird thought.’
- ‘Tyler scoffed, seeming to take Ox's off the wall remark as a serious question.’
- ‘But if you find a good friend who is just off the wall, different than you are, there's something about him you like.’
- ‘The basic premise that the international companies will be providing water for the world's poorest is just off the wall.’
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.’
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