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"

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  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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