• WordNet 3.6
    • adv offhandedly 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 offhandedly 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
    • offhandedly Offhand; in an offhand manner.
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In literature:

This matter needed some deep reflection, and could not be determined offhand.
"The Lure of the Mask" by Harold MacGrath
All this seems strangely offhand and informal, but he reasons that such, being of daily occurrence, sentimental scruples are in natural abeyance.
"Oswald Langdon" by Carson Jay Lee
It isn't every day that a man and his wife get their lives saved in that offhand way!
"Peak and Prairie" by Anna Fuller
I could have sworn offhand we have been wandering in Lorn and Badenoch for as many years!
"John Splendid" by Neil Munro
It is difficult for an extremely married man to distinguish offhand.
"Erik Dorn" by Ben Hecht
It would be almost impossible for a stranger wandering about to say offhand which town he was in.
"Devon, Its Moorlands, Streams and Coasts" by Rosalind Northcote
His offhand speeches were not always absolutely welcome, despite her former attitude and declarations.
"As It Was in the Beginning" by Philip Verrill Mighels
I began in an offhand but cautious manner to talk about Bernard.
"John Gayther's Garden and the Stories Told Therein" by Frank R. Stockton
How little in accordance with theological gentleness it is to condemn him offhand, and that before the indiscreet vulgar!
"Erasmus and the Age of Reformation" by Johan Huizinga
As we have fallen into a descriptive vein it may be as well to describe the rest of our friends offhand.
"Chasing the Sun" by R.M. Ballantyne

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.