[awf-hand, of-]
  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 off·hand·ed. done or made offhand.
  3. 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. 2018

Examples from the Web for offhandedness

Historical Examples of offhandedness

  • Her offhandedness, her inability to realise the situation, were exasperating to the young widow.

    The Lion's Share

    E. Arnold Bennett

British Dictionary definitions for offhandedness


adjective, adverb Also: offhanded
  1. without care, thought, or consideration; sometimes, brusque or ungraciousan offhand manner
  2. without preparation or warning; impromptu
Derived Formsoffhandedly, adverboffhandedness, noun
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