offhanded

offhanded
adjective
1. with little or no preparation or forethought
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his ad-lib comments showed poor judgment

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an extemporaneous piano recital

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an extemporary lecture

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an extempore skit

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an impromptu speech

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offhand excuses

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trying to sound offhanded and reassuring

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an off-the-cuff toast

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a few unrehearsed comments

Syn:
Similar to: ↑unprepared
2. casually thoughtless or inconsiderate
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an offhand manner

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she treated most men with offhand contempt

Syn: ↑offhand
Similar to: ↑careless
adverb
1. without previous thought or preparation
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couldn't give the figures offhand

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we decided offhand to go to Canada

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she had made these remarks offhandedly

Syn: ↑offhand, ↑offhandedly
Derived from adjective: ↑offhanded (for: ↑offhandedly)
2. in a casually inconsiderate manner
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replied offhand, his mind a million miles away

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she threw him over offhandedly without even a Dear-John letter

Syn: ↑offhand, ↑offhandedly
Derived from adjective: ↑offhanded (for: ↑offhandedly)

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offˈhandˈed adjective
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  • offhanded — adj. 1. same as {offhand} and {off the cuff}. Syn: ad lib, extemporaneous, extemporary, extempore, offhand, off the cuff, unpremeditated, unrehearsed. [WordNet 1.5] 2. Without, or seeming to be without, plan or method; casual. Syn: casual,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • offhanded — adjective Date: 1812 offhand • offhandedly adverb • offhandedness noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • offhanded — adjective in a casual or curt style, without preparation or thought …   Wiktionary

  • offhanded — off hand·ed || ‚ɑf hændɪd /‚ɒf adj. informal, improvised; casual, curt, nonchalant; without preparation, careless …   English contemporary dictionary

  • offhanded — /ɒfˈhændəd/ (say of handuhd) adjective → offhand (defs 2–4). –offhandedly, adverb –offhandedness, noun …  

  • offhandedly — adverb 1. without previous thought or preparation couldn t give the figures offhand we decided offhand to go to Canada she had made these remarks offhandedly • Syn: ↑offhand, ↑offhanded • Derived from adjective: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • ad-lib — I noun remark made spontaneously without prior preparation his ad libs got him in trouble with the politicians • Hypernyms: ↑remark, ↑comment, ↑input II verb perform without preparation he extemporized a spee …   Useful english dictionary

  • off-the-cuff — adjective with little or no preparation or forethought his ad lib comments showed poor judgment an extemporaneous piano recital an extemporary lecture an extempore skit an impromptu speech offhand excuses trying to sound offhanded and reassuring …   Useful english dictionary

  • off-the-cuff — adj. with little or no preparation or forethought; unrehearsed; extemporaneous; offhand. his off the cuff remarks offended many people; an off the cuff toast Syn: ad lib, extemporaneous, extemporary, extempore, offhand, offhanded, unpremeditated …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • offhandedly — adverb see offhanded …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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