- 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 offhanded
"I suppose they have a baby by now," she said in an offhanded tone.Virgin Soil
Ivan S. Turgenev
Nobody hurt, you see, remarked Grizzly, in an offhanded way.Ralph, the Train Dispatcher
But Lou was jolly and frank and offhanded, while Ruth was painfully shy and reserved, and that was the secret of the whole matter.Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1896 to 1901
Lucy Maud Montgomery
Poor little Jane adds, "These words told me offhanded and without preparation agitated my soul within me."Ten Girls from History
Kate Dickinson Sweetser
The cards were laid on the table by him, and Hop picked them up in an offhanded way.Young Wild West at "Forbidden Pass"
An Old Scout
- without care, thought, or consideration; sometimes, brusque or ungraciousan offhand manner
- without preparation or warning; impromptu
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