Offhand meaning

ôf'hănd', ŏf'-
Said or done offhand; extemporaneous; unpremeditated.
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Without preparation or forethought; extemporaneously.

Offhand, I can't think of his name.

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Performed or expressed without preparation or forethought.

An offhand suggestion.

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Without prior preparation or study; at once; extemporaneously.
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Casual, curt, informal, brusque, etc.
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Without planning or thinking ahead.

She gave an offhand speech.

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Careless; without sufficient thought or consideration.

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

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She was quite offhand with me yesterday.

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Right away, immediately, without thinking about it.
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In an offhand manner.
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Origin of offhand

  • From Middle English *ofhande, *ofhende, from Old English ofhende (“absent, lost"), equivalent to off- +"Ž hand. Cognate with Icelandic afhendur. Compare onhand.
    From Wiktionary