- differing from the usual or expected; unconventional: an offbeat comedian.
- Music. an unaccented beat of a measure.
- music any of the normally unaccented beats in a bar, such as the second and fourth beats in a bar of four-four time. They are stressed in most rock and some jazz and dance music, such as the bossa nova
- unusual, unconventional, or eccentric
- (as noun)he liked the offbeat in fashion