offhand

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj offhand casually thoughtless or inconsiderate "an offhand manner","she treated most men with offhand contempt"
    • adj offhand 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"
    • adv offhand in a casually inconsiderate manner "replied offhand, his mind a million miles away","she threw him over offhandedly without even a Dear-John letter"
    • adv offhand without previous thought or preparation "couldn't give the figures offhand","we decided offhand to go to Canada","she had made these remarks offhandedly"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Offhand Instant; unprepared; ready; extemporaneous; unrehearsed; as, an offhand speech; offhand excuses; an offhand comment.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • offhand At once; without deliberation or premeditation; without previous preparation or practice.
    • offhand From the hand; without the support of a rest.
    • offhand Without study or premeditation; impromptu: as, an offhand remark; an offhand speech.
    • offhand Free and easy; unstudied or unconventional: as, an offhand manner.
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Usage

In literature:

Fendrick, now in the best of humors, planted lazily his offhand barbs.
"Crooked Trails and Straight" by William MacLeod Raine
Their association had been of the most offhand and informal character.
"The Wind Before the Dawn" by Dell H. Munger
How could one answer such propositions as these offhand?
"The Wonder" by J. D. Beresford
I should say offhand this was then about three o'clock in the evening.
"Sundry Accounts" by Irvin S. Cobb
It might have upset you to have a perfect stranger come up and marry you offhand.
"McClure's Magazine, Vol. XXXI, No. 3, July 1908." by Various
This phenomenal valley is not to be fully explained offhand; as Griggs says, there are many problems to work out.
"The Book of the National Parks" by Robert Sterling Yard
It could not, however, be done offhand, or by a few airy lessons.
"The Story of John G. Paton" by James Paton
Had I the right to touch the place, the arbour would be packed up offhand for Rosherville.
"Highways and Byways in Surrey" by Eric Parker
And then, having lured him into this tangled side issue, she began, as cool and offhand as you please.
"The Combined Maze" by May Sinclair
He would marry her offhand, and educate her afterwards.
"Rose O'Paradise" by Grace Miller White
She was only classed in an offhand way with 'the Hackett girls' or 'the young ladies.
"Lover or Friend" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
I can't decide this offhand.
"Jennie Gerhardt" by Theodore Dreiser
Offhand he could think of no weak spot on his side; and if he must fight, he would fight.
"The Wild Geese" by Stanley John Weyman
Added to that, I've known the man himself for years, in an offhand way.
"The Crevice" by William John Burns and Isabel Ostrander
All the same, he did not like being called Shelly in that offhand way.
"The Talking Thrush" by William Crooke
Beyond that, I ain't able to say right offhand.
"Captain Pott's Minister" by Francis L. Cooper
One doesn't like to answer so serious a question offhand.
"The Fate of Felix Brand" by Florence Finch Kelly
That was a question nobody was prepared to answer offhand.
"The Campfire Girls on Ellen's Isle" by Hildegard G. Frey
Don't you think you are rather offhand in saying 'and that being the case'?
"Ashton-Kirk, Criminologist" by John T. McIntyre
She liked Bob's breezy offhand way which was not at all like Bert's gentle, kindly manner.
"Two Little Women" by Carolyn Wells
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In news:

A little while ago I was at a bakery in Homer, and while my wife waited in line, I wandered through, offhandedly taking in a hippie ambience more common to that place than to this.
It was during a routine photo session when a reporter offhandedly asked if there were new reports of anthrax.
The New Yorker's second feature, shot in 16mm black and white, the film is an offhand, picturesque road-trip movie with a mock-epic Northeastern itinerary.
Recently, a freak-folk musician of some repute remarked to me offhandedly about a nearby laptop player's emission of noisy minimal music.
Twenty years ago, when Maurice Ashley was 14 and living in Brownsville, Brooklyn, he was soundly defeated in an offhand game of chess.
Dunn told Kickin' Country 100.5, albeit offhandedly, that he's awaiting the arrival of a new family member and that he already knows it's a boy.
It's hard to think offhand of a band more irrelevant than the Bangles.
The Way of the World finds Mose playing and writing with a new looseness, a playfulness and verve that belies his years, while behind the offhand swing lies the weight of those years, in the slowburn vitriol of Mose 's mind in full gear.
Offhand remark to coach gets Packers employee sacked.
I don't know anything offhand that mystifies Americans more than the cotton they put in bottles.
I suppose there are worse things to happen to a father than having a son like John Henry Williams, but I sure can't think of any examples offhand.
Offhand, we know that Halls Chophouse, Closed for Business, and Cypress all serve Pappy Van Winkle .
And in more than just an offhand "Yeah, that's beginner 's luck for you" sort of way.
Beat-up vintage hotel silver serving pieces, mismatched table linens and chairs only serve to complete the studied offhand look.
But one offhanded comment by the morning show hosts was even more off base.
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