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Definitions for offhand
ˈɔfˈhænd, ˈɒf-off·hand

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  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. 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"

  4. 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. offhandadverb

    right away, immediately, without thinking about it

  2. offhandadverb

    in an offhand manner

  3. offhandadjective

    without planning or thinking ahead

    She gave an offhand speech.

  4. offhandadjective

    careless; without sufficient thought or consideration

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

  5. offhandadjective

    curt, abrupt, unfriendly

    She was quite offhand with me yesterday.

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


  1. offhand

    Offhand refers to something that is done without preparation or forethought, in a casual or nonchalant manner, or something that is not readily recalled or available from memory. It can also refer to an action or comment that may seem rude or dismissive due to its casual, abrupt manner.

Anagrams for offhand »

  1. hand off

  2. hand-off

  3. handoff

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of offhand in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of offhand in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of offhand in a Sentence

  1. Bob Seger:

    I'm just trying to keep things simple, and just be a little more offhand and not get so deep into things. Enjoy what you got right now, because who knows what's going to happen tomorrow.

  2. Jeffrey Drummond:

    Den Hollander angry, anti-women, offhand remarks were concerning to me.

  3. Jared Walczak:

    There are worse offenses than sending large spreadsheets as PDFs, but offhand I can't come up with any.

  4. Neil Gorsuch:

    I can't think of one, offhand.

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  • nachlässig, unvorsichtig, unüberlegt, schluderig, unfreundlichGerman
  • frío, descuidado, indiferenteSpanish
  • sur-le-champ, spontanément, négligentFrench
  • fionnarScottish Gaelic
  • бecцepeмoннoRussian
  • எழுந்தமானத்தில்Tamil

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