offhand definition

  • adverb:
    • Without preparation or forethought; extemporaneously.
    • right away, straight away, without great deal of thought
    • in an offhand fashion
    • without preparation
    • in a casually inconsiderate way
    • without earlier thought or preparation
  • adjective:
    • Performed or expressed without preparation or forethought. See Synonyms at extemporaneous.
    • without preparing or thinking ahead
    • reckless; without enough idea or consideration
    • curt, abrupt, unfriendly
    • Instant; unprepared; ready; extemporaneous; unrehearsed
    • with little to no or no preparation or forethought
    • casually thoughtless or inconsiderate
  • noun:
    • forthwith; without delay, hesitation, or trouble; immediately.
  • preposition:
    • See Offhand.
  • others:
    • At once; without deliberation or premeditation; without past planning or training.
    • from hand; without the assistance of a rest.
    • Without study or premeditation; impromptu: because, an offhand remark; an offhand message.
    • totally free and easy; unstudied or unconventional: as, an offhand way.

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