Definitions for offhandˈɔfˈhænd, ˈɒf-

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

    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. offhand, offhanded(adverb)

    casually thoughtless or inconsiderate

    "an offhand manner"; "she treated most men with offhand contempt"

  3. offhand, offhanded, offhandedly(adverb)

    without previous thought or preparation

    "couldn't give the figures offhand"; "we decided offhand to go to Canada"; "she had made these remarks offhandedly"

  4. offhand, offhanded, offhandedly(adverb)

    in a casually inconsiderate manner

    "replied offhand, his mind a million miles away"; "she threw him over offhandedly without even a Dear-John letter"


  1. offhand(Adverb)

    right away, immediately, without thinking about it

  2. offhand(Adverb)

    in an offhand manner

  3. offhand(Adjective)

    without planning or thinking ahead

    She gave an offhand speech.

  4. offhand(Adjective)

    careless; without sufficient thought or consideration

    He doesn't realise how hurtful his offhand remarks can be.

  5. offhand(Adjective)

    curt, abrupt, unfriendly

    She was quite offhand with me yesterday.

  6. Origin: From *, from ofhende, equivalent to . Cognate with afhendur. Compare onhand.

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  1. hand off, hand-off, handoff

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