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[awf-hand, of-] /ˈɔfˈhænd, ˈɒf-/
cavalierly, curtly, or brusquely:
to reply offhand.
without previous thought or preparation; extempore:
to decide offhand to take a trip.
informal, casual, curt, or brusque:
an offhand manner.
Also, offhanded. done or made offhand.
Glassmaking. working manually and without the use of molds:
offhand blowing.
Origin of offhand
1685-95; off + hand
Related forms
offhandedly, adverb
offhandedness, noun
1. short, shortly, abruptly. 3, 4. impromptu, extempore.
4. considered. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for offhand


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