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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [awf, of stressed th ee kuhf]
    • /ɔf, ɒf stressed ði kʌf/
    • /ɒf ðə kʌf/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [awf, of stressed th ee kuhf]
    • /ɔf, ɒf stressed ði kʌf/

Definition of off-the-cuff word

  • adjective off-the-cuff with little or no preparation; extemporaneous; impromptu: a speaker with a good off-the-cuff delivery. 1

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Origin of off-the-cuff

First appearance:

before 1940
One of the 7% newest English words
First recorded in 1940-45

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Parts of speech for Off-the-cuff


off-the-cuff popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 32% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 60% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

Synonyms for off-the-cuff

adv off-the-cuff

  • ad libitum — (to be performed) at the performer's discretion

adj off-the-cuff

  • ad-lib — If you ad-lib something in a play or a speech, you say something which has not been planned or written beforehand.
  • at will — If you can do something at will, you can do it when you want and as much as you want.
  • break loose — to free oneself by force
  • down home — of, relating to, or exhibiting the simple, familiar, or folksy qualities associated with one's family or with rural areas, especially of the southern U.S.: down-home cooking; down-home hospitality.
  • free-and-easy — enjoying personal rights or liberty, as a person who is not in slavery: a land of free people.

verb off-the-cuff

  • authored — a person who writes a novel, poem, essay, etc.; the composer of a literary work, as distinguished from a compiler, translator, editor, or copyist.
  • authoring — Authoring is the creation of documents, especially for the Internet.
  • invent — to originate or create as a product of one's own ingenuity, experimentation, or contrivance: to invent the telegraph.
  • winging — either of the two forelimbs of most birds and of bats, corresponding to the human arms, that are specialized for flight.

adjective off-the-cuff

  • casual — If you are casual, you are, or you pretend to be, relaxed and not very concerned about what is happening or what you are doing.
  • extemporaneous — Spoken or done without preparation.
  • extemporary — Extemporaneous.
  • extempore — Spoken or done without preparation.
  • impromptu — made or done without previous preparation: an impromptu address to the unexpected crowds.

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