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1offhand

adverb off·hand \ˈf-ˈhand, -ˌhand\

: without previous thought or preparation

Full Definition of OFFHAND

:  without premeditation or preparation :  extempore <couldn't give the figures offhand>

Examples of OFFHAND

  1. I couldn't give them the figures offhand.
  2. Do you happen to know, offhand, when he'll be back?

First Known Use of OFFHAND

1680

2offhand

adjective

: done or made without previous thought or preparation

: casual or informal

Full Definition of OFFHAND

1
:  casual, informal <a relaxed, offhand manner>
2
:  done or made offhand <offhand excuses>

Examples of OFFHAND

  1. It was just an offhand remark.
  2. She spoke in an offhand manner.

First Known Use of OFFHAND

1692
OFFHAND Defined for Kids

offhand

adverb or adjective off·hand \ˈf-ˈhand\

Definition of OFFHAND for Kids

:  without previous thought or preparation <I can't say offhand who came.> <He spoke in a very loud, offhand way … — Anna Sewell, Black Beauty>

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