offhandedly

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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