Definition of offhand in English:

offhand

Pronunciation /ɒfˈhand//ˈɒfhand/

adjective

Pronunciation /ɒfˈhand//ˈɒfhand/
  • Ungraciously or offensively nonchalant or cool in manner.

    ‘you were a bit offhand with her this afternoon’
    • ‘The woman who, about half hour ago had been hard, stern and rather austere was now so offhand and casual that Miette suspected a stand-in had been found while she napped.’
    • ‘No screenings were used to stimulate this activity, as it was crucial to discover the offhand references subjects would make to justify their choices.’
    • ‘For all the outward signs of casualness, these works are not quite as offhand as they might seem to be at first.’
    • ‘But Johar has an offhand, stylish way of doing it.’
    • ‘I follow and offer refreshment, which is once more declined, though this time the Italian's manner is not offhand, but solicitous and somewhat grave.’
    • ‘At that point and on your show I didn't know what that meant at all because it was such a casual offhand remark.’
    • ‘The weirdest thing is that people always make these offhand comments as if I know exactly what they're talking about, as if everyone knows.’
    • ‘I learned it from someone who formerly worked in the government and he mentioned it in an offhand manner, leading me to infer it was something that insiders were well aware of.’
    • ‘‘Yes,’ Riggs replied in an offhand manner, sitting obediently, and crossing his legs in front of him.’
    • ‘‘They were quite abrupt and offhand,’ says Elliot, who is now 39.’
    • ‘She probably doesn't even realize her offhand remarks are offensive to you.’
    • ‘As with O'Reilly, offhand dismissal of critics is not a good practice for any business, organization, group, or individual.’
    • ‘His offhand remark may be closer to the truth if discount business class catches on.’
    • ‘‘The NRA should understand that we are not second class citizens and will not stand for this offhand treatment,’ he concluded.’
    • ‘Now, you can do this in an offhand manner, casually noting results, but you'll be much further ahead if you do it somewhat scientifically.’
    • ‘Let him patronise his overpriced London restaurants with their indifferent offerings and offhand service.’
    • ‘But even in the tiniest detail, in apparently offhand remarks, there is a sense of his determination to confine himself to a list of terse, pre-scripted lines.’
    • ‘‘This is too important and fundamental a problem to be simply dismissed in this offhand way by the Minister,’ said Dr Cowley.’
    • ‘He'd said it in such an offhand and nonchalant manner, though, that I decided to let it drop.’
    • ‘The level will obviously be slight if it's just some offhand teasing among casual acquaintances.’
    indifferent, casual, careless, uninterested, unconcerned, cool, distant, aloof, nonchalant, blasé, insouciant, offhanded, cavalier, glib, perfunctory, cursory, unceremonious, ungracious, curt, abrupt, terse, brusque, dismissive, discourteous, uncivil, impolite, rude
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adverb

Pronunciation /ɒfˈhand/
  • Without previous thought or consideration.

    ‘I can't think of a better answer offhand’
    • ‘I don't recall offhand the names of any of the other sources.’
    • ‘It would be difficult to think, offhand, of a simple explanation of why a young woman, a total stranger, wearing only a nightdress, rang our doorbell at 7.45 in the morning.’
    • ‘I don't offhand dismiss speculation that this is all a neoconservative plot to privatize Iraqi art.’
    • ‘I can't remember the name of the actress who played Nan offhand and don't have time to look it up.’
    • ‘I read a great deal, but I can't really pick a landmark book offhand.’
    • ‘I can't think of anyone offhand I would specifically not want to hear from, though if I really gave it some thought there might be one or two.’
    • ‘Gatsby replies offhand that Meyer is a gambler and is the man who fixed the World Series in 1919.’
    • ‘I couldn't think offhand of a creative use for this thing, a non-business use, but maybe with some pondering…’
    • ‘The only other soup lyric I can think of offhand is the Lewis Carroll lyric ‘Beautiful Soup.’’
    • ‘We do tend to dismiss offhand such phenomena as human artifacts, and because of good theoretical and inductive preconceptions.’
    • ‘I know of no good way to explain the divisions and/or contrasts offhand.’
    • ‘His initial reaction was to declare that he could not issue letters offhand and would have to verify what actually took place.’
    • ‘I've seen worse documents, I suppose, but it's hard to think of one offhand.’
    • ‘I'm not sure, but offhand it seems to fulfill the criteria of the definitions offered by Bennett.’
    • ‘And I don't recall right offhand what exactly that was.’
    • ‘Let me open up the category of muddling through, and there are two or three different ways offhand, of doing that.’
    • ‘What makes you think women can just remember dates offhand this way?’
    • ‘I know there are more, but I can't think of them offhand.’
    • ‘I can't cite references offhand, but she's excellent.’
    • ‘I'm sure there must be a reason why Dean's comment is different, but offhand I can't think what it is.’
    without preparation, on the spur of the moment, without consideration, without checking, extempore, impromptu, ad lib
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Pronunciation

offhand

Adjective/ɒfˈhand//ˈɒfhand/

offhand

Adverb/ɒfˈhand/