1. graded adjective & adjective [usu v-link ADJ] If you say that someone is being offhand, you are critical of them for being unfriendly or impolite, and not showing any interest in what other people are doing or saying. [disapproval] ⇒ He lapsed into long silences or became offensively off-hand. ⇒ Consumers found the attitude of its staff offhand and generally offensive to the paying customer. 2. adverb [ADV after v] If you say something offhand, you say it without checking the details or facts of it. ⇒ 'Have you done the repairs?'—'Can't say off-hand, but I doubt it.'. ⇒ 'Were they at home or away, do you know offhand?'
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