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offhand

adverb off·hand \ ˈȯf-ˈhand , -ˌhand \
|Updated on: 1 Jun 2018

Definition of offhand

: 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?

First Known Use of offhand

1680

in the meaning defined above

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offhand

adjective

Definition of offhand

1 : casual, informal
  • a relaxed, offhand manner
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.

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First Known Use of offhand

circa 1668

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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OFFHAND Defined for English Language Learners

offhand

Definition of offhand for English Language Learners

  • : without previous thought or preparation


offhand

Definition of offhand for English Language Learners

  • : done or made without previous thought or preparation

  • : casual or informal


OFFHAND Defined for Kids

offhand

adverb or adjective off·hand \ ˈȯf-ˈhand \

Definition of offhand for Students

: 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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