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offhand

[awf-hand, of-]
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adverb
  1. cavalierly, curtly, or brusquely: to reply offhand.
  2. without previous thought or preparation; extempore: to decide offhand to take a trip.
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adjective
  1. informal, casual, curt, or brusque: an offhand manner.
  2. Also off·hand·ed. done or made offhand.
  3. Glassmaking. working manually and without the use of molds: offhand blowing.
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Origin of offhand

First recorded in 1685–95; off + hand
Related formsoff·hand·ed·ly, adverboff·hand·ed·ness, noun

Synonyms

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1. short, shortly, abruptly. 3, 4. impromptu, extempore.

Antonyms

4. considered.
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Examples from the Web for offhanded

Historical Examples

  • "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.

  • But Lou was jolly and frank and offhanded, while Ruth was painfully shy and reserved, and that was the secret of the whole matter.

  • 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.


British Dictionary definitions for offhanded

offhand

adjective, adverb Also: offhanded
  1. without care, thought, or consideration; sometimes, brusque or ungraciousan offhand manner
  2. without preparation or warning; impromptu
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Derived Formsoffhandedly, adverboffhandedness, noun
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