- 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 offhandedly
She said it casually, offhandedly, and I think it was supposed to be a kind of wink-wink joke.Geraldine Ferraro Dies: Memories of Her 1984 Campaign
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"I have little to add to Dr. Cumberly's account," answered Exel, offhandedly.The Yellow Claw
"Oh, he's the musical director at Weston High," answered Jerry offhandedly.Marjorie Dean
"I should not imagine that she is your sort, anyway," he said offhandedly.A Bachelor Husband
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"Just remaking life a little for her," replied the other offhandedly.Wanted: A Husband
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It was interesting and offhandedly jolly and just the right sort.The Prairie Wife
- without care, thought, or consideration; sometimes, brusque or ungraciousan offhand manner
- without preparation or warning; impromptu
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