offhand

[awf-hand, of-]
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:
1685–95; off + hand

offhandedly, adverb
offhandedness, noun


1. short, shortly, abruptly. 3, 4. impromptu, extempore.


4. considered.
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offhand (ˌɒfˈhænd)
 
adj, —adv
1.  without care, thought, or consideration; sometimes, brusque or ungracious: an offhand manner
2.  without preparation or warning; impromptu
 
off'handedly
 
adv
 
off'handedness
 
n

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Example sentences
Each day she greets me with offhand indifference but slowly warms to my
  presence.
His offhand comments about the day's situations will be greatly missed.
What separated him from a run-of-the-mansion celebrity portraitist is his
  offhand intimacy and sly wit.
YOur offhand comment re today's capitalists not being reasonably is not
  supported by the evidence.
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