Adjective "offhand" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Ungraciously or offensively nonchalant or cool in manner.
  1. 'The woman who, about half hour ago had been hard, stern and rather austere was now so offhand and casual that Miette suspected a stand-in had been found while she napped.'
  2. 'For all the outward signs of casualness, these works are not quite as offhand as they might seem to be at first.'
  3. 'I follow and offer refreshment, which is once more declined, though this time the Italian's manner is not offhand, but solicitous and somewhat grave.'
  4. 'The weirdest thing is that people always make these offhand comments as if I know exactly what they're talking about, as if everyone knows.'
  5. '‘Yes,’ Riggs replied in an offhand manner, sitting obediently, and crossing his legs in front of him.'
  6. 'She probably doesn't even realize her offhand remarks are offensive to you.'
  7. 'His offhand remark may be closer to the truth if discount business class catches on.'
  8. '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.'
  9. 'But even in the tiniest detail, in apparently offhand remarks, there is a sense of his determination to confine himself to a list of terse, pre-scripted lines.'
  10. 'He'd said it in such an offhand and nonchalant manner, though, that I decided to let it drop.'


Without previous thought or consideration.
  1. 'I don't recall offhand the names of any of the other sources.'
  2. 'I don't offhand dismiss speculation that this is all a neoconservative plot to privatize Iraqi art.'
  3. 'I read a great deal, but I can't really pick a landmark book offhand.'
  4. 'Gatsby replies offhand that Meyer is a gambler and is the man who fixed the World Series in 1919.'
  5. 'The only other soup lyric I can think of offhand is the Lewis Carroll lyric ‘Beautiful Soup.’'
  6. 'I know of no good way to explain the divisions and/or contrasts offhand.'
  7. 'I've seen worse documents, I suppose, but it's hard to think of one offhand.'
  8. 'And I don't recall right offhand what exactly that was.'
  9. 'What makes you think women can just remember dates offhand this way?'
  10. 'I can't cite references offhand, but she's excellent.'


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 blowing.

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be offhand with people."

"people can be offhand with rarebits."

"people can be offhand about dangers."

"people can be offhand."

"manners can be offhand."

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