Definition of offhand in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌôfˈhand/


(also offhanded)
Ungraciously or offensively nonchalant or cool in manner: his offhand way of talking
More example sentences
  • He'd said it in such an offhand and nonchalant manner, though, that I decided to let it drop.
  • Now, you can do this in an offhand manner, casually noting results, but you'll be much further ahead if you do it somewhat scientifically.
  • I learned it from someone who formerly worked in the government and he mentioned it in an offhand manner, leading me to infer it was something that insiders were well aware of.
casual, careless, uninterested, unconcerned, indifferent, cool, nonchalant, blasé, aloof, insouciant, cavalier, glib, perfunctory, cursory, unceremonious, ungracious, dismissive, discourteous, uncivil, impolite, terse, abrupt, curt
informal couldn't-care-less, take-it-or-leave-it


Without previous thought or consideration: I can’t think of a better answer offhand
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  • I can't remember the name of the actress who played Nan offhand and don't have time to look it up.
  • I don't recall offhand the names of any of the other sources.
  • I'm sure there must be a reason why Dean's comment is different, but offhand I can't think what it is.
on the spur of the moment, without preparation, without consideration, extempore, impromptu, ad lib;
extemporaneously, spontaneously;
Latin  ad libitum
informal off the cuff, off the top of one's head, just like that



Pronunciation: /ˌôfˈhandədlē/
Example sentences
  • I perhaps dismissed it too offhandedly, arguing that the viewer stats have gone up and stayed up through the summer (a season when they usually tail off).
  • ‘Pretty,’ he acknowledged offhandedly, turning to head off, but something drew his eye back to the page.
  • Lessig treats this opposing view rather offhandedly, a serious flaw in an otherwise excellent book.


Pronunciation: /ˌôfˈhandədnəs/
Example sentences
  • Many of the best gags here are throwaway ones, delivered with an offhandedness that makes them work.
  • His fathering style, interestingly, was not much different from his writing style, which is to say, excellence disguised as offhandedness.
  • Throughout the photos shown there is an offhandedness that only a master can effect, but his display of nonchalance is gracious and at times humorous.

Words that rhyme with offhand

and, band, bland, brand, expand, firsthand, gland, grand, hand, land, manned, misunderstand, rand, righthand, Samarkand, sand, stand, strand, thirdhand, underhand, undermanned, understand, unplanned, untanned, withstand

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Syllabification: off·hand

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