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Synonyms for offhand
ˈɔfˈhænd, ˈɒf-

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. ad-lib, extemporaneous, extemporary, extempore, impromptu, offhand, offhanded, off-the-cuff, unrehearsed(adj)

    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"

    Synonyms:
    unwritten, unrehearsed, ad-lib, off-the-cuff, extemporaneous, extempore, spontaneous, extemporary, impromptu, offhanded

    Antonyms:
    prepared, careful

  2. offhand, offhanded(adverb)

    casually thoughtless or inconsiderate

    "an offhand manner"; "she treated most men with offhand contempt"

    Synonyms:
    unrehearsed, ad-lib, off-the-cuff, extemporaneous, extempore, extemporary, impromptu, offhanded

    Antonyms:
    careful, prepared

  3. offhand, offhanded, offhandedly(adverb)

    without previous thought or preparation

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

    Synonyms:
    offhandedly, offhanded

    Antonyms:
    prepared, careful

  4. offhand, offhanded, offhandedly(adverb)

    in a casually inconsiderate manner

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

    Synonyms:
    offhandedly, offhanded

    Antonyms:
    prepared, careful

Wiktionary

  1. offhand(adjective)

    without planning or thinking ahead

    She gave an offhand speech.

    Synonyms:
    off-the-cuff, impromptu, extemporaneous

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. offhand

    Extemporaneous, originally signifying of or from the time or occasion, has come to mean done or made with but little (if any) preparation, and is now chiefly applied to addresses of which the thought has been prepared, and only the language and incidental treatment left to the suggestion of the moment, so that an extemporaneous speech is understood to be any one that is not read or recited; impromptu keeps its original sense, denoting something that springs from the instant; the impromptu utterance is generally brief, direct, and vigorous; the extemporaneous speech may chance to be prosy. Offhand is still more emphatic as to the readiness and freedom of the utterance. Unpremeditated is graver and more formal, denoting absolute want of preparation, but is rather too heavy a word to be applied to such apt, ready utterance as is generally designated by impromptu.

    Synonyms:
    extemporaneous, extemporary, extempore, impromptu, improvised, unpremeditated

    Antonyms:
    elaborated, premeditated, prepared, read, recited, studied, written

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. offhand(a)

    Synonyms:
    extemporaneous, impromptu, improvised, unstudied

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases:

    cavalier

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Words popularity by usage frequency

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#13632spontaneous
#18171cavalier
#32870improvised
#35079unwritten
#37257impromptu
#74451offhand
#128118extemporaneous
#212713unrehearsed
#263939extempore
#283223offhandedly
#315898unpremeditated

How to use offhand in a sentence?

  1. Bob Seger:

    I'm just trying to keep things simple, and just be a little more offhand and not get so deep into things. Enjoy what you got right now, because who knows what's going to happen tomorrow.

  2. Jared Walczak:

    There are worse offenses than sending large spreadsheets as PDFs, but offhand I can't come up with any.

  3. Neil Gorsuch:

    I can't think of one, offhand.

  4. Jeffrey Drummond:

    Den Hollander angry, anti-women, offhand remarks were concerning to me.


Translations for offhand

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • nachlässig, unvorsichtig, unüberlegt, schluderig, unfreundlichGerman
  • frío, descuidado, indiferenteSpanish
  • sur-le-champ, spontanément, négligentFrench
  • fionnarScottish Gaelic
  • бecцepeмoннoRussian
  • எழுந்தமானத்தில்Tamil

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