Definition of put-off in English:



  • 1An off-putting or unpleasant quality or feature.

    ‘the name is a major put-off’
    • ‘Though the storyline was good (a spoof of ‘The Parent Trap’) the script and treatment are a huge put-off.’
    • ‘This is heavy-handed regulation that, rather than encouraging the investment we need in our energy sector, will be the single biggest put-off.’
    • ‘Ivory-coloured fabrics are also available to relieve the blackness of other trims, something which can be a put-off to some owners.’
  • 2An evasive reply.

    ‘her answer was a calculated put-off’