Definition of Offhanded

1. Adjective. With little or no preparation or forethought. "A few unrehearsed comments"




2. Adverb. Without previous thought or preparation. "She had made these remarks offhandedly"
Exact synonyms: Offhand, Offhandedly

3. Adjective. Casually thoughtless or inconsiderate. "She treated most men with offhand contempt"
Exact synonyms: Offhand
Similar to: Careless

4. Adverb. In a casually inconsiderate manner. "She threw him over offhandedly without even a Dear-John letter"
Exact synonyms: Offhand, Offhandedly

Definition of Offhanded

1. Adjective. in a casual or curt style, without preparation or thought ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Offhanded

1. [adj]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Offhanded

offerers
offerest
offereth
offering
offering protection
offerings
offeror
offerors
offers
offertories
offertory
offerture
offertures
offfield
offhand
offhanded (current term)
offhandedly
offhandedness
offhandednesses
offhold
office
office-bearer
office-house
office-wall
office-walls
office automation
office block
office boy
office boys
office building

Literary usage of Offhanded

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of English Usage by Inc. Merriam-Webster (1994)
"It is an older word and a shorter word than offhanded and offhandedly, ... About offhanded there is little to be said except that it is a standard word ..."

2. Sunset by Southern Pacific Company. Passenger Dept, Southern Pacific Company (1912)
""Nor do I care" says Phil, in such an offhanded way as almost put courage in to the boys' hearts again; for they knew that Phil was the most wonderful man ..."

3. Punch by Mark Lemon, Henry Mayhew, Tom Taylor, Shirley Brooks, Francis Cowley Burnand, Owen Seaman (1879)
"He was also too impatient and offhanded in the Trial Sceneā€”a defect which, no doubt, by this time he has remedied, and ha-, become deeply interested in what ..."

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