offhand


1off·hand

adverb \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

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