Off-hand



adv.

also offhand, 1690s, “at once, straightway,” from off (adv.) + hand (n.). Probably originally in reference to shooting without a rest or support. Hence, of speech or action, “unpremeditated” (1719). Related: Off-handed; off-handedly.

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  • Offhanded

    [awf-hand, of-] /ˈɔfˈhænd, ˈɒf-/ adverb 1. cavalierly, curtly, or brusquely: to reply offhand. 2. without previous thought or preparation; extempore: to decide offhand to take a trip. adjective 3. informal, casual, curt, or brusque: an offhand manner. 4. Also, offhanded. done or made offhand. 5. Glassmaking. working manually and without the use of molds: offhand […]

  • Offhandedly

    [awf-hand, of-] /ˈɔfˈhænd, ˈɒf-/ adverb 1. cavalierly, curtly, or brusquely: to reply offhand. 2. without previous thought or preparation; extempore: to decide offhand to take a trip. adjective 3. informal, casual, curt, or brusque: an offhand manner. 4. Also, offhanded. done or made offhand. 5. Glassmaking. working manually and without the use of molds: offhand […]



  • Offhandedness

    [awf-hand, of-] /ˈɔfˈhænd, ˈɒf-/ adverb 1. cavalierly, curtly, or brusquely: to reply offhand. 2. without previous thought or preparation; extempore: to decide offhand to take a trip. adjective 3. informal, casual, curt, or brusque: an offhand manner. 4. Also, offhanded. done or made offhand. 5. Glassmaking. working manually and without the use of molds: offhand […]

  • Off-hour

    [noun awf-ouuh r, -ou-er, -ouuh r, -ou-er, of-; adjective awf-ouuh r, -ou-er, of-] /noun ˈɔfˈaʊər, -ˈaʊ ər, -ˌaʊər, -ˌaʊ ər, ˈɒf-; adjective ˈɔfˈaʊər, -ˈaʊ ər, ˈɒf-/ noun 1. an hour or other period when a person is not at a job: I spend my off-hours reading. 2. a period outside of rush hours or greatest […]



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