- 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 offhandedness
Her offhandedness, her inability to realise the situation, were exasperating to the young widow.The Lion's Share
E. Arnold Bennett
- without care, thought, or consideration; sometimes, brusque or ungraciousan offhand manner
- without preparation or warning; impromptu
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