If something's off-putting, it annoys or disgusts you. A waiter's bad breath might be off-putting, and the high prices on the menu might be equally off-putting.

Off-putting things can seem unappealing, irritating, or downright horrifying. An off-putting movie trailer won't tempt you to see the film and an off-putting list of rules might keep you from signing up for a gym membership. In the sixteenth century, off-putting had a completely different meaning — basically "putting off," or "procrastinating." It wasn't until the late 1800s that it came to mean "creating an unfavorable impression."

Definitions of off-putting
  1. adjective
    tending to repel
    “"The trappings of upper-class life are off-putting and sterile"- Elizabeth Hess”
    not able to attract favorable attention
  2. adjective
    causing annoyance or repugnance
    “an off-putting remark”
    causing displeasure or lacking pleasing qualities
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