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Meaning & Definition of Offhand in English

English

Offhand

/ɔfhænd/

adjective

1. With little or no preparation or forethought

  • "His ad-lib comments showed poor judgment"
  • "An extemporaneous piano recital"
  • "An extemporary lecture"
  • "An extempore skit"
  • "An impromptu speech"
  • "Offhand excuses"
  • "Trying to sound offhanded and reassuring"
  • "An off-the-cuff toast"
  • "A few unrehearsed comments"
    synonym:
  • ad-lib
  • ,
  • extemporaneous
  • ,
  • extemporary
  • ,
  • extempore
  • ,
  • impromptu
  • ,
  • offhand
  • ,
  • offhanded
  • ,
  • off-the-cuff
  • ,
  • unrehearsed

2. Casually thoughtless or inconsiderate

  • "An offhand manner"
  • "She treated most men with offhand contempt"
    synonym:
  • offhand
  • ,
  • offhanded

adverb

1. Without previous thought or preparation

  • "Couldn't give the figures offhand"
  • "We decided offhand to go to canada"
  • "She had made these remarks offhandedly"
    synonym:
  • offhand
  • ,
  • offhanded
  • ,
  • offhandedly

2. In a casually inconsiderate manner

  • "Replied offhand, his mind a million miles away"
  • "She threw him over offhandedly without even a dear-john letter"
    synonym:
  • offhand
  • ,
  • offhanded
  • ,
  • offhandedly