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Definition 1: in a casually inconsiderate manner - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where offhand or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • replied offhand, his mind a million miles away
  • she threw him over offhandedly without even a Dear-John letter

Synonyms for offhand in the sense of this definition

Definition 2: without previous thought or preparation - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where offhand or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • couldn't give the figures offhand
  • we decided offhand to go to Canada
  • she had made these remarks offhandedly

Synonyms for offhand in the sense of this definition

Definition 3: casually thoughtless or inconsiderate - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where offhand or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • an offhand manner
  • she treated most men with offhand contempt

Synonyms for offhand in the sense of this definition

(offhand is similar to ...) marked by lack of attention or consideration or forethought or thoroughness; not careful

"careless about her clothes" "forgotten by some careless person" "a careless housekeeper" "careless proofreading" "it was a careless mistake" "hurt by a careless remark"

Definition 4: with little or no preparation or forethought - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where offhand or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for offhand in the sense of this definition

(offhand is similar to ...) without preparation; not prepared for

"unprepared remarks" "the shock was unprepared" "our treaty makers approached their immensely difficult problems unprepared"

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