offhanded

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj offhanded casually thoughtless or inconsiderate "an offhand manner","she treated most men with offhand contempt"
    • adj offhanded 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 offhanded 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 offhanded 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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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • offhanded Offhand; without hesitation.
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Usage

In literature:

He stated in an offhand way that he had had experience on the water-front in Chicago, Rock Island and Davenport.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 11 (of 14)" by Elbert Hubbard
Go to parties and picnics; be free, familiar, offhand, even forward; try your knack at fascinating another, and yield to fascinations yourself.
"Searchlights on Health: Light on Dark Corners" by B.G. Jefferis
The question surprised me and I was not prepared to give, offhand, a definition of simony.
"Lalage's Lovers" by George A. Birmingham
No one who has a pen in his hand for the first time can sit down and write offhand.
"Christianity As A Mystical Fact" by Rudolf Steiner
Don't condemn Ann offhand.
"Have We No Rights?" by Mabel Williamson
His answers, on the other hand, were often a trifle reckless and offhand.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
But he meets only with an offhand denial, couched in words of scant courtesy.
"The Land of Fire" by Mayne Reid
I answer him offhand: 'It is at Beaumont; there is not the slightest doubt about it.
"The Best of the World's Classics, Restricted to Prose, Vol. VIII (of X) - Continental Europe II." by Various
This offhand and lordly, to hide the patent diminution of his trade.
"The House with the Green Shutters" by George Douglas Brown
I can't tell you offhand.
"Happy Days" by Alan Alexander Milne
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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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