[ awf-hand, of- ]
/ ˈɔfˈhænd, ˈɒf- /


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.

Nearby words

  1. offer document,
  2. offer price,
  3. offering,
  4. offering price,
  5. offertory,
  6. offiah,
  7. office,
  8. office automation,
  9. office bearer,
  10. office block

Origin of offhand

First recorded in 1685–95; off + hand

Related formsoff·hand·ed·ly, adverboff·hand·ed·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for offhandedly


/ (ˌɒfˈhænd) /

adjective, adverb Also: offhanded

without care, thought, or consideration; sometimes, brusque or ungraciousan offhand manner
without preparation or warning; impromptu
Derived Formsoffhandedly, adverboffhandedness, noun

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