Definitions

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  • adj. in a casual or curt style, without preparation or thought

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. same as offhand and off-the-cuff.
  • adj. Without, or seeming to be without, plan or method; casual.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Offhand; without hesitation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. with little or no preparation or forethought
  • adj. casually thoughtless or inconsiderate
  • adv. without previous thought or preparation
  • adv. in a casually inconsiderate manner

Etymologies

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Examples

  • "This kind of offhanded suggestion that we will somehow put you on a dragnet of suspected persons if you refuse to do what you can voluntarily decline to do is the nub of the problem here," Ms. Vonn said in an interview.

    The Globe and Mail - Home RSS feed

  • I felt like this was the bullshit I'd been dealing with forever, this kind of offhanded, patronizing disrespect for the culture of hip-hop.

    TIME.com: Top Stories

  • You can see, though, with just one twist of the DNA, how the son can bring the father's literary talent to the outlaw country / redneck rock genre; he writes songs with the kind of offhanded quick wit and painfully bitter, cut-to-the-bone romantic remorse with which geniuses like John Hiatt, Kris Kristofferson, Steve Earl, Robert Earl Keene, and Rodney Crowell made their names.

    Slate Magazine

  • I was just kidding and got into trouble with my Frog wife for those offhanded remarks which were intended to be humorous.

    Elevation/Altitude

  • Once again, I´m not comparing your offhanded remark with this crude woman´s obnoxious behavior but we all owe it to our hosts to act civily at all times.

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  • Of course my comments are not limited to the offhanded remarks by an older politician appearing on television, these types of attacks have occurred regularly on FOX News or even CNN, particularly when Lou Dobbs Tonight aired.

    Ediberto Roman: Come on Bill Maher! Isn't it Time to Get Real?

  • Was he playing at being hurt by her offhanded manner?

    O: A Presidential Novel

  • I tell you about him in the context of compassion because I once made a negative, offhanded comment about his son, Jon Huntsman, Jr., the current ambassador to China and former governor of Utah.

    The 7

  • In his own, offhanded way, he was encouraging me to fly the coop, and be something more--without him.

    Monica Medina: Me, Rocky Balboa

  • One rival for the nomination, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, seized on Mr. Romney's offhanded mention of his speaking fees on Wednesday.

    Romney's Wealth Proves Rich Vein for Rivals

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