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offhand

[ awf-hand, of- ]
/ ˈɔfˈhænd, ˈɒf- /
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adverb

cavalierly, curtly, or brusquely: to reply offhand.
without previous thought or preparation; extempore: to decide offhand to take a trip.

adjective

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.

Nearby words

offer document, offer price, offering, offering price, offertory, offhand, offiah, office, office automation, office bearer, office block

Origin of offhand

First recorded in 1685–95; off + hand
SYNONYMS FOR offhand
ANTONYMS FOR offhand
Related formsoff·hand·ed·ly, adverboff·hand·ed·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for 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

offhand

/ (ˌɒfˈhænd) /

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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