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offhand

[awf-hand, of-] /ˈɔfˈhænd, ˈɒf-/
adverb
1.
cavalierly, curtly, or brusquely:
to reply offhand.
2.
without previous thought or preparation; extempore:
to decide offhand to take a trip.
adjective
3.
informal, casual, curt, or brusque:
an offhand manner.
4.
Also, offhanded. done or made offhand.
5.
Glassmaking. working manually and without the use of molds:
offhand blowing.
Origin
1685-1695
1685-95; off + hand
Related forms
offhandedly, adverb
offhandedness, noun
Synonyms
1. short, shortly, abruptly. 3, 4. impromptu, extempore.
Antonyms
4. considered.
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  • Each day she greets me with offhand indifference but slowly warms to my presence.
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British Dictionary definitions for offhand

offhand

/ˌɒfˈhænd/
adjective, adverb
1.
without care, thought, or consideration; sometimes, brusque or ungracious: an offhand manner
2.
without preparation or warning; impromptu
Derived Forms
offhandedly, adverb
offhandedness, noun
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