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[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.
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  1. informal, casual, curt, or brusque: an offhand manner.
  2. Also off·hand·ed. done or made offhand.
  3. Glassmaking. working manually and without the use of molds: offhand blowing.
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Origin of offhand

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


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1. short, shortly, abruptly. 3, 4. impromptu, extempore.


4. considered.
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  • "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
  1. without care, thought, or consideration; sometimes, brusque or ungraciousan offhand manner
  2. without preparation or warning; impromptu
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Derived Formsoffhandedly, adverboffhandedness, noun
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