[ awf-hand, of- ]
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  1. cavalierly, curtly, or brusquely: to reply offhand.

  2. without previous thought or preparation; extempore: to decide offhand to take a trip.

  1. informal, casual, curt, or brusque: an offhand manner.

  2. Also offhanded. done or made offhand.

  1. Glassmaking. working manually and without the use of molds: offhand blowing.

Origin of offhand

First recorded in 1685–95; off + hand

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Other words from offhand

  • off·hand·ed·ly, adverb
  • off·hand·ed·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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British Dictionary definitions for offhand


/ (ˌɒfˈhænd) /

adjective, adverbAlso: offhanded
  1. without care, thought, or consideration; sometimes, brusque or ungracious: an offhand manner

  2. without preparation or warning; impromptu

Derived forms of offhand

  • offhandedly, adverb
  • offhandedness, noun

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