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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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Examples from the Web for offhandedness

Historical Examples

  • 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
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Derived Formsoffhandedly, adverboffhandedness, noun
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