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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [on-sahyd, awn-]
    • /ˈɒnˈsaɪd, ˈɔn-/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [on-sahyd, awn-]
    • /ˈɒnˈsaɪd, ˈɔn-/

Definitions of onside word

  • noun onside (of a player, especially in soccer or hockey) occupying a position on the field where playing the ball or puck is allowed; not offside. 1
  • adjective onside sport: legally playable 1
  • adverb onside sport: within legal play 1
  • adjective onside In games such as football and hockey, when an attacking player is onside, they have not broken the rules because at least two players from the opposing team are between them and the goal when the ball is passed to them. 0
  • adjective onside If a person or group of people is onside, they support you and agree with what you are doing. 0
  • adjective onside (of a player) in a legal position, as when behind the ball or with a required number of opponents between oneself and the opposing team's goal line 0

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Origin of onside

First appearance:

before 1840
One of the 33% newest English words
First recorded in 1840-50; on + side1

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Parts of speech for Onside


onside popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 65% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

Synonyms for onside

adjective onside

  • legal — permitted by law; lawful: Such acts are not legal.
  • safe — secure from liability to harm, injury, danger, or risk: a safe place.
  • clear — Something that is clear is easy to understand, see, or hear.
  • in the clear — free from darkness, obscurity, or cloudiness; light: a clear day.

Antonyms for onside

adjective onside

  • ironside — ("Ironside") a.d. c980–1016, English king 1016: defeated by Canute.

Top questions with onside

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