- cavalierly, curtly, or brusquely: to reply offhand.
- without previous thought or preparation; extempore: to decide offhand to take a trip.
- informal, casual, curt, or brusque: an offhand manner.
- Also off·hand·ed. done or made offhand.
- Glassmaking. working manually and without the use of molds: offhand blowing.
adjective, adverb Also: offhanded
- without care, thought, or consideration; sometimes, brusque or ungraciousan offhand manner
- without preparation or warning; impromptu