offstage for learners of EnglishPowered by COBUILD (ɒfsteɪdʒ, USɔːf-) also off-stage
1. adverb [ADV after v, n ADV]
When an actor or entertainergoesoffstage, they go into the area behind or to the side of the stage, so that the audience no longer sees them. ⇒ She ran offstage in tears. ⇒ There was a lot of noise offstage.
2. adjective [ADJ n]
In a theatre, offstage sounds are produced behind or to the side of the stage, so that the audience hears them but does not see them produced. OPPOSITE: onstage ⇒ 'It's almost one o'clock!' lamented the off-stage voice.
3. adjective [ADJ n]
Offstage is used to describe the behaviour of actors or entertainers in real life, when they are not performing. ⇒ ...the tragedies of their off-stage lives.
Offstage is also an adverb. ⇒ Despite their bitter screen rivalry, off-stage they are close friends.