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offhanded adj
1 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" [syn: ad-lib, extemporaneous, extemporary, extempore, impromptu, offhand, off-the-cuff, unrehearsed]
2 casually thoughtless or inconsiderate; "an offhand manner"; "she treated most men with offhand contempt" [syn: offhand] adv
1 without previous thought or preparation; "couldn't give the figures offhand"; "we decided offhand to go to Canada"; "she had made these remarks offhandedly" [syn: offhand, offhandedly]
2 in a casually inconsiderate manner; "replied offhand, his mind a million miles away"; "she threw him over offhandedly without even a Dear-John letter" [syn: offhand, offhandedly]

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offhanded
  1. in a casual or curt style, without preparation or thought
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