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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Offhand \Off"hand'\, adjective Instant; unprepared; ready; extemporaneous; unrehearsed; as, an offhand speech; offhand excuses; an offhand comment. -- adverb In an offhand manner; as, he replied offhand.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

offhand

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}, {offhandedly}]

2: in a casually inconsiderate manner; "replied offhand, his mind a million miles away"; "she threw him over offhandedly without even a Dear-John letter" [syn: {offhand}, {offhanded}, {offhandedly}]

adjective

1: 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"; "an off-the-cuff toast"; "a few unrehearsed comments" [syn: {ad-lib}, {extemporaneous}, {extemporary}, {extempore}, {impromptu}, {offhand}, {offhanded}, {off-the-cuff}, {unrehearsed}]

2: casually thoughtless or inconsiderate; "an offhand manner"; "she treated most men with offhand contempt" [syn: {offhand}, {offhanded}]


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