Definitions for off-the-cuff

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. ad-lib, extemporaneous, extemporary, extempore, impromptu, offhand, offhanded, off-the-cuff, unrehearsed(adverb)

    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"

  2. off the cuff(adverb)

    without preparation

    "the presidential candidate made a remark off the cuff"


  1. off-the-cuff(Adjective)

    Extemporaneous; without prior preparation; impromptu.

    He made a few off-the-cuff remarks before launching into his prepared speech.

  2. Origin: From the prepositional phrase off the cuff

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Philip Yun:

    They game everything out. They don't do things off the cuff for the most part, if they're going to do something very provocative, they have an extensive decision tree laying out many options.


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