Definition of turnoff in US English:



  • 1A junction at which a road branches off from a main road.

    ‘Adam missed the turnoff to the village’
    • ‘He glanced up in time to see his own turn-off, but some synapse failed to fire, and he drove right on past it.’
    • ‘A player informed me that he missed his turn-off on the M25 and had to go all the way round again.’
    • ‘Officers set up diversions at the A1 roundabout, the nearby Hessay turn-off and the junction of the A59 with the York ring road.’
    • ‘Police in New Zealand say he may have become lost and missed the turn-off to a shelter he was due to spend the night in.’
    • ‘There are quite a few turn-offs along that road.’
    • ‘From the turn-off to the Bulugha River mouth, the road continues past the turn-off to Cintsa West.’
    • ‘She drove out into the street and on to the main road, where she traveled to the turn-off and parked a few minutes later.’
    • ‘Coming up to the roundabout at the turn-off for Cheltenham, there was a large yellow warning sign: ‘Low Bridge Ahead’.’
    • ‘The accident happened near a turn-off for Halton East and the village of Embsay, near Skipton, where the family lives.’
    • ‘Signage on roads is terrible - coming just after you've missed the turn-off.’
    • ‘The turn-off should be around here somewhere.’
    • ‘The main protest group, from interstate, was permitted to camp on Crown Land near the turn-off of Hatt Road, which leads to the base, from the Stuart Highway.’
    • ‘Cal drove to work, nearly missing the turn-off into the gym.’
    • ‘The three-vehicle smash, on the southbound carriageway between the A127 turn-off and junction 30 at Lakeside, claimed the life of a driver from Grays.’
    • ‘Cars are just about coming to a halt as they crawl along the bit of road near the turn-off to Thorburn Terrace.’
    • ‘It is gratifying to know that I provided much amusement to motorists as I attempted to tack my way to the Milner Road turn-off.’
    • ‘From there, join the A66, staying on the road until the turn-off for the A135 / Yarm appears.’
    • ‘Eversham was behind the wheel of his Rover when the accident happened as he was moving up behind a Mercedes on the B4632 Broadway to Cheltenham road near the Laverton turn-off.’
    • ‘A little way along the A35, approaching the Redbridge turn-off, the two lanes merged into one.’
    • ‘A little further south a turn-off from the Interstate is signposted to the ‘Trail of Purple Hearts’.’
    crossroads, crossing, intersection, interchange, t-junction, box junction, gyratory
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  • 2informal usually in singular A person or thing that causes someone to feel bored, disgusted, or sexually repelled.

    ‘he smelled of carbolic soap, a dreadful turnoff’
    • ‘Site counters are normally a turn-off for me - along with all the advertising buttons and webring code that people put on their home pages - but this site has a rather clever musical one.’
    • ‘His false bravado is an instant turn-off for her.’
    • ‘His crooked yellow teeth are a complete turn-off.’
    • ‘It seems the habit has become the biggest single sexual turn-off for 18 to 35-year-olds in the South West.’
  • 3An instance of turning or switching something off.