off-screen (also off screen or off·screen) • adj. not appearing on a movie or television screen: he drawls to an off-screen interrogator. ∎ happening in real life rather than fictionally on-screen: they were off-screen lovers.• adv. outside what can be seen on a movie or television screen: the girl is looking off-screen to the right. ∎ in real life rather than fictionally in a movie or on television: happy endings rarely happen off-screen.