English version

off-key in Music topic

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishoff-keyหŒoff-หˆkey adjective ๐Ÿ”Š ๐Ÿ”Š 1 APMmusic that is off-key sounds unpleasant because it is played slightly above or below the correct pitch โ†’ in tune ๐Ÿ”Š The band sounded slightly off-key.2 wrong or not suitable for the situation ๐Ÿ”Š The jokes during the violent action scenes seemed off-key. โ€”off-key adverb ๐Ÿ”Š Someone upstairs was singing off-key.
Examples from the Corpus
off-keyโ€ข The lead singer was completely off-key.โ€ข Alexia whistled this time, off-key.โ€ข He didn't have a good voice but he was never off-key.โ€ข Haden sounded just a little off-key about the whole affair.โ€ข The woman laughed but in a strangled, off-key kind of way and it struck me that she might be insane.โ€ข I skipped through the neighborhood, singing off-key songs.โ€ข The recorder came in with an adagio-like slowness and gravity, momentarily wobbled off-key, then recovered.