[awf-hand, of-]


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

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

Synonyms for offhand

Antonyms for offhand Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for offhandedly

carelessly, indifferently, heedlessly

Examples from the Web for offhandedly

Contemporary Examples of offhandedly

Historical Examples of offhandedly

  • "I have little to add to Dr. Cumberly's account," answered Exel, offhandedly.

    The Yellow Claw

    Sax Rohmer

  • "Oh, he's the musical director at Weston High," answered Jerry offhandedly.

    Marjorie Dean

    Pauline Lester

  • "I should not imagine that she is your sort, anyway," he said offhandedly.

    A Bachelor Husband

    Ruby M. Ayres

  • "Just remaking life a little for her," replied the other offhandedly.

    Wanted: A Husband

    Samuel Hopkins Adams

  • It was interesting and offhandedly jolly and just the right sort.

    The Prairie Wife

    Arthur Stringer

British Dictionary definitions for offhandedly


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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