from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adv. Without preparation or forethought; extemporaneously.
- adj. Performed or expressed without preparation or forethought. See Synonyms at extemporaneous.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. without planning or thinking ahead
- adj. careless; without sufficient thought or consideration
- adj. curt, abrupt, unfriendly
- adv. right away, immediately, without thinking about it
- adv. in an offhand manner
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. forthwith; without delay, hesitation, or difficulty; promptly.
- prep. See Offhand.
- adj. Instant; unprepared; ready; extemporaneous; unrehearsed
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- At once; without deliberation or premeditation; without previous preparation or practice.
- From the hand; without the support of a rest.
- Without study or premeditation; impromptu: as, an offhand remark; an offhand speech.
- Free and easy; unstudied or unconventional: as, an offhand manner.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adv. without preparation
- adv. in a casually inconsiderate manner
- adj. with little or no preparation or forethought
- adj. casually thoughtless or inconsiderate
- adv. without previous thought or preparation
From Middle English *ofhande, *ofhende, from Old English ofhende ("absent, lost"), equivalent to off- + hand. Cognate with Icelandic afhendur. Compare onhand. (Wiktionary)