It refers to noises that are offstage, literally, but I think it might be a reference to the play of that name:
Could you give some more context?
He's always been a bit noises-off...'
Could you please explain me the meaning of noises-off?
I came across the same references, and an additional one, the title of a paper "Noises off, Knock-knock who's there, and Communicating with other worlds", which leads me to believe, that 'noises-off' may have something to do with one's lack of focus or being in one's own world (?) Possibly a semantic extension from, listening to noises offstage - rather than paying attention to the actors onstage, i.e., the speech participants.
Ah, it's an assumption.
What do you think?
"And there we were, Marie, mother of the bridegroom, Caesar, father of the bridegroom, Sonia's daddy - but he's always been a bit noises-off, not that it's his fault, and me, mother of the bride".
I really don't understand the meaning. Thank you for your help.
1Originally Posted by cmp
That sounds as if he's a bit of an irrlevant person, not much involved in events, like noises off stage.
Thank you for your help. Do you mean trifling or airy/lunactic?
Quiet, unassuming, lacking strength of personality (I think)