What does off-hand mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. ad-lib, extemporaneous, extemporary, extempore, impromptu, offhand, offhanded, off-the-cuff, unrehearsedadjective

    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, offhandedadverb

    casually thoughtless or inconsiderate

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

  3. off-hand, ex temporeadverb

    without preparation

    "I don't know the figures off-hand"

  4. offhand, offhanded, offhandedlyadverb

    without previous thought or preparation

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

  5. offhand, offhanded, offhandedlyadverb

    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. off-hand

    Off-hand typically refers to something done without preparation or forethought, in a casual or nonchalant manner. It may also refer to actions performed with the non-dominant hand. In conversation, off-hand remarks are often unplanned and made without much consideration.

Anagrams for off-hand »

  1. hand off

  2. hand-off

  3. handoff

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of off-hand in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of off-hand in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of off-hand in a Sentence

  1. James Stewart:

    Well, Ronald Reagan [ Reagan ] had a successful start as governor of California and before that, he was president of the Screen Actors Guild, i ’m trying to think of an example of a politician who tried acting and lasted. Ca n’t off-hand. Maybe they’re all actors ? But no, I never wanted to become a politician.


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