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 (ôf′hănd′, ŏf′-)
Without preparation or forethought; extemporaneously: Offhand, I can't think of his name.
adj. also off·hand·ed (-hănd′ĭd)
Performed or expressed without preparation or forethought: an offhand suggestion.

off′hand′ed·ly adv.
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Adj.1.offhanded - 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"
unprepared - without preparation; not prepared for; "unprepared remarks"; "the shock was unprepared"; "our treaty makers approached their immensely difficult problems unprepared"- R.E.Danielson
2.offhanded - casually thoughtless or inconsiderate; "an offhand manner"; "she treated most men with offhand contempt"
careless - 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"
Adv.1.offhanded - without previous thought or preparation; "couldn't give the figures offhand"; "we decided offhand to go to Canada"; "she had made these remarks offhandedly"
2.offhanded - in a casually inconsiderate manner; "replied offhand, his mind a million miles away"; "she threw him over offhandedly without even a Dear-John letter"
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Despite his goal of annoying his family with this comically excessive re-visioning of his ancestral history, Maddin's offhanded admission that Icelanders "don't need mocking any more than Third World people need starving," since Icelanders are "a monument to mockery already," (11) implies a certain comparison between Second World immigrants and decolonized, "developing" nations.
Ruscha, on the other hand--in Richter's misreading, at least--represents the utter opposite: a certain lightness of touch, an apparent lack of the tragic dimensions of painterly performance as a substitutional act of compensation for absences and loss, effaced or effected by a simulated, offhanded emulation of the very mechanisms of mass-cultural desublimation that painting supposedly resists.
The good thing about have a hit is that the rent cheques stop bouncing," Bolton joked before bursting into How Am I Supposed to Live Without You, an unflinching look at heartbreak that went down well with the audience who were also treated to some great, offhanded gospel-tinged vocals on his Grammy-winning cover version of Percy Sledge's 1966 hit When A Man Loves A Woman.
Having made bop sound easy, he then proceeds to deliver a wonderful set of jazz standards in a variety of styles and tempi, all of them characterized by his richly burnished tone, offhanded virtuosity and a sly sense of humor that at times brings to mind Steve Turre at his most puckish.
It's the offhanded way Waberi goes about his satire that makes his critique as devastating as it is; he doesn't belabor the scenario, he casually inverts cultural references (not Fay Wray's King Kong but Miriam Makeba's, not Courbet's The Origin of the World but Gustavio Mbembe's) and twists the thoughtless rhetoric that's been used so often to flatten and homogenize Africa in literature.
I want to make things that are demanding, offhanded, unpredictable, and bold.
Again, the point of these examples is not that the Court is actually limiting a case to its facts, but that the Court understands what actually limiting a case to its facts entails, even when it refers to "limiting" in an offhanded way.
Field, 276) Field's characterization of Sontag as "mistress of spin" within these tales of Village Bohemia seems at once offhanded and unjust (151).
Martin plays her largely with an offhanded coolness, refusing to let even a shred of doubt seep into the character, particularly during LaBute's ingenious climactic scene.
I was disgusted by Bob Greenblatt's offhanded comparison between Showtime's Queer as Folk and HBO's Six Feet Under ["Showtime for Greenblatt," September 30].
Glen Ballard, award-winning songwriter/producer: "Piracy is an insidious act performed in an almost offhanded way by people who would never consider stealing anything else.
She did look with great forthrightness at the way things changed, and she described the world with a scrupulous, variegated, almost offhanded virtuosity that has been justly praised.