1. inaccurate in pitch
    her singing was off key
    a false (or sour) note
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How To Use off-key In A Sentence

  • The brass band plays off-key.
  • Behind her, Darren sang along in his husky, happy, off-key voice. AN OLDER WOMAN
  • She sang two lines of Je Ne Regrette Rien in an off-key voice. THE IMAGE OF LAURA
  • The actor's performance is horridly off-key - his screaming antics would be more appropriate for a cartoon villain.
  • What made it fun was that we would yell - rather than sing the songs – deliberately off-key . Sometimes we would use cartoon voices.
  • How lovely and strange the gangly spires of trees against a thickening sky as you drive from the library humming off-key?
  • She croaks, squeaks, howls, and whines her way through the role, nearly always off-key and most horrid.
  • Allegedly, because of the lip-synch-proof demand from organizers of SF Gala in recent years, some actors decided to quit the Gala due to their singing-off-key during the rehearsal.
  • Eyes closed, she danced with the woman in her memory, slipping into her own off-key hum to accompany her steps when the words failed her. Healing the Highlander
  • He wouldn't go to sleep and I'd just go from one song to the next in this flat, off-key voice.
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