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offhand

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adverb off·hand \ˈȯf-ˈhand, -ˌhand\

Simple Definition of offhand

  • : without previous thought or preparation

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of offhand

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

Examples of offhand in a sentence

  1. I couldn't give them the figures offhand.

  2. Do you happen to know, offhand, when he'll be back?



1680

First Known Use of offhand

1680


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offhand

adjective off·hand

Simple Definition of offhand

  • : done or made without previous thought or preparation

  • : casual or informal

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of offhand

  1. 1 :  casual, informal <a relaxed, offhand manner>

  2. 2 :  done or made offhand <offhand excuses>

Examples of offhand in a sentence

  1. It was just an offhand remark.

  2. She spoke in an offhand manner.



1692

First Known Use of offhand

1692


OFFHAND Defined for Kids

offhand

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adverb or adjective off·hand \ˈȯf-ˈhand\

Definition of offhand for Students

  1. :  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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