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

Definition of offhanded

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 But — as is typical of the work of writer-director Olivier Assayas, who is adapting his 1996 film of the same title — there is a tricky and serpentine truth in the most offhanded of on-set talk. Daniel D'addario, Variety, 2 June 2022 My offhanded mention of my movie plans to my keyboard player, Jon, became a clue to Inspector Laura as to my whereabouts. Rachel Desantis,, 15 Mar. 2022 The Night introduces the kind of offhanded spontaneity and first-take imperfections that would define many of Young’s later albums, in deep contrast to the ‘70s studio professionalism that was coming into vogue. Al Shipley, SPIN, 18 Feb. 2022 In part this comes from the way in which Stewart’s public persona, her own offhanded cool and experiences of a life in the spotlight, melds so strongly with the role. Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times, 3 Sep. 2021 So, in an offhanded comment on April 17, Trump said the payments should be returned. Michelle Singletary,, 28 June 2020 Sinclair is like that — offhanded bits of seeming random awkwardness lead to moments of genuine insight. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, 20 Apr. 2020 For me, even an offhanded comment from the peanut gallery is enough to chase away my appetite. Lizz Schumer, Good Housekeeping, 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, 26 June 2018 See More

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First Known Use of offhanded

1750, in the meaning defined above

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“Offhanded.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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