: not prepared in advance : spontaneous, informal
off-the-cuff remarks
off-the-cuff adverb

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web That is not necessarily, of course, what a player of Kvaratskhelia’s gifts — spontaneous, off-the-cuff, proudly improvisational — might be expected to want to hear, that he was being introduced not as a soloist but as part of an ensemble. Rory Smith, New York Times, 14 Mar. 2023 Musk also mentioned—seemingly off-the-cuff during the Q&A portion of the presentation—that the company has experimented in monkeys. IEEE Spectrum, 26 July 2019 Her radio show, streamed live on Facebook and TikTok most weekday afternoons, features a mix of music and off-the-cuff commentary in both Quechua and Spanish for a combined following of more than 180,000 people. Teo Armus, Washington Post, 23 Feb. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1936, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of off-the-cuff was in 1936

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Cite this Entry

“Off-the-cuff.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/off-the-cuff. Accessed 29 Mar. 2023.

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