- cavalierly, curtly, or brusquely: to reply offhand.
- without previous thought or preparation; extempore: to decide offhand to take a trip.
- informal, casual, curt, or brusque: an offhand manner.
- Also off·hand·ed. done or made offhand.
- Glassmaking. working manually and without the use of molds: offhand blowing.
Origin of offhand
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1. short, shortly, abruptly. 3, 4. impromptu, extempore.
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Examples from the Web for offhand
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One aide monitoring the speech gave it the kind of offhand tweet it deserves.Romney's Birther "Joke" and the Automatic Outrage Machine
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Everyone should watch what they say lest their offhand remarks be twisted and damage the company.Rupert Murdoch Bares Media’s Reach to Leveson Inquiry on Phone Hacking
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C-SPAN Negotiations An offhand promise in a debate ended up coming back to haunt Democrats during the health-care debate.Obama's 7 Broken Promises
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Was the threat just an offhand comment that got quoted in the press?The G-20's Drama Queen
September 24, 2009
Offhand he could think of no weak spot on his side; and if he must fight, he would fight.The Wild Geese
Stanley John Weyman
The doctor was a little bearded man in white, with an offhand manner.The Moon and Sixpence
W. Somerset Maugham
With offhand cordiality, Claude takes charge of this interesting friend.Oswald Langdon
Carson Jay Lee
It isn't every day that a man and his wife get their lives saved in that offhand way!Peak and Prairie
I began in an offhand but cautious manner to talk about Bernard.John Gayther's Garden and the Stories Told Therein
Frank R. Stockton
- without care, thought, or consideration; sometimes, brusque or ungraciousan offhand manner
- without preparation or warning; impromptu
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