[ 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.

Origin of offhand

First recorded in 1685–95; off + hand

Related forms

off·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 Forms

offhandedly, adverboffhandedness, noun
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