off·​hand·​ed | \ ˈȯf-ˈhan-dəd How to pronounce offhanded (audio) , -ˌhan- \

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Other Words from offhanded

offhandedly adverb
offhandedness noun

Examples of offhanded in a Sentence

a quick, offhanded suggestion that was actually much better than any of the prepared proposals
Recent Examples on the Web Sinclair is like that — offhanded bits of seeming random awkwardness lead to moments of genuine insight. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "'High Maintenance' is the perfect show to watch now. And Ben Sinclair has a theory why," 20 Apr. 2020 For me, even an offhanded comment from the peanut gallery is enough to chase away my appetite. Lizz Schumer, Good Housekeeping, "It's Time to Stop Commenting on Your Coworker's Lunch," 8 Aug. 2019 After Offset's offhanded comment at the BET Awards led to Cardi's big reveal of their secret wedding on Monday, here's a look back at some of music's biggest stars who kept their big days on the down-low. Sofia Mele, Billboard, "11 Secret Music Marriages, From Cardi B & Offset to Beyonce & JAY-Z," 26 June 2018 And that should have been obvious long before a radio host made an offhanded remark about a little girl, which is bad but not singularly wretched in the recent history of that station or that market. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "WEEI offered up plenty for Tom Brady to be offended by before they went after his daughter," 30 Jan. 2018 Kevin Spacey was suffering severe fallout on Monday, hours after issuing an offhanded apology about something that allegedly happened more than 30 years ago. miamiherald, "‘House of Cards’ canceled amid Spacey scandal | Miami Herald," 30 Oct. 2017 In his second narrative feature directorial effort, Ruskin handles it smoothly and with an eye toward pace, even at the expense of the honest, offhanded moments that can make a galling true crime story such as this come alive on the screen. Michael Phillips,, "'Crown Heights' review: An innocent man's ordeal, and redemption," 31 Aug. 2017 Her voluminous discography reveals a strong collaborative instinct, enabled by her probing curiosity and almost offhanded versatility. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, "Mary Halvorson’s band keeps getting bigger—and better," 29 Aug. 2017 There are references to Earth-like amusement parks and radiation poisoning, hints of a full world with history and conflict — but the offhanded way in which everything is handled undercuts any attempt to inspire audience curiosity. Gilbert Cruz, New York Times, "‘The Dark Tower’: What Worked and What Didn’t," 8 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of offhanded

1750, in the meaning defined above

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“Offhanded.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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